Music


Mark Collins, musical director

Mark is a freelance musical director, with both TV and stage credits on his CV. He is also a musical arranger, composer, and vocal coach.


Bev Paskell, technician

Bev started out helping in an orchestra pit and got hooked on the technical side of music. She's now a full time technician.


Leroy was encouraged by his tutors to play music in his local area as a way of practising performance.

Leroy Rahman, tech music student

Leroy is a musician who completed a course at London's Tech Music School. He talks about being taught by Amy Winehouse's drummer and gives advice for people who also want to get into music.


Ellie Turner, pyrotechnician

Ellie found an arts apprenticeship opened new doors for her. Now she organises pyrotechnics and staging for outdoor live events.


Amy advises having a busy calendar of gigs if you want to enter the music industry.

Amy Morgan, music publisher

Amy turned her love of music into a job before she even graduated, and went on to a successful career which included working in A&R. She is now the Creative Director of a music publisher.


Ellie Dorman, Sound Engineer

Ellie is a Sound Engineer and works as both an in-house Venue Technician and a Front of House Engineer. She spoke to Creative Choices about how she originally wanted to be a classical French horn player, but instead chose to take her music career down a different path.


Kid Circus, DJ and producer

Kid starting singing in a vocal group with a couple of friends and is now an established DJ and promoter.


Toby Hinson, singing coach and performer

After getting a part in Grease, Toby launched a long career in musical theatre. He now teaches singing and still performs with a band.


Morna has helped many young people get a first foot on their career ladder. (Image: James Fletcher)

Morna Cook, Universal Music HR director

Senior director of HR for Universal Music, Morna played a key role in their groundbreaking paid internship scheme. For her outstanding commitment to passing on and developing creative skills, she was awarded the Music Skills Award 2015.


Brian Reilly, lighting managing director

Brian set up Production Services Ireland (PSI) in 1996 to meet the growing needs of the industry. Now Northern Ireland’s leading technical production company, they provide lighting for events such as Tennents Vital, Giro D’Italia and Riverdance production in China.


Naomi Gibbs, costume designer

After playing bass in a rock band, Naomi Gibbs now works as a costume designer.


Paul Crockford, artist manager

Paul Crockford has been an artist manager for over 30 years and has also organised live events for the Prince's Trust.


Tony Morrison, promoter and producer

Tony works as a promoter, producer and project manager. He offers five tips for succeeding at his job.


Simon Lovelace, technical manager

Simon runs Crew Class training courses, which provide training and advice to people entering the events and entertainment industry.


Steve recommends working with a local band as a way to gain production experience.

Steve Levine, record producer

Steve started out as a trainee tape operator in 1975. He went on to become an award-winning producer, working with the likes of the Beach Boys and Culture Club. He talks about his journey in production.


Peter Moody, voice coach

While working in telesales, Peter discovered an interest in how people used their voices. He is now an established voice coach.


Jack Homer, technical arts student

As a student at South Essex College, Jack developed a passion for technical development and helping his fellow students. He is a shining example of how much a young person can achieve if supported and empowered and in 2016 was the winner of the Creative Choices Award.


Neil Butler, artistic director

Neil Butler set up Brighton's famous, and sadly now closed, Zap Club. The former drama teacher specialises in running outdoor festivals and events.


Ceurywn Humphreys, live events apprentice

Ceurywn Humphreys talks about learning events management as an apprentice with It’s my Shout Productions.


Christina Birt, head of creative learning

Christina has worked in arts education at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and aims to go freelance as an arts education consultant.


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