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Top Talks in Music for Careers Week

Top Talks in Music for Careers Week

Music and Music Technology students at SJR were treated to talks by some high profile names over the past couple of weeks.

The first talk was from John Spiers, formerly of Bellowhead, who spoke about his career, his start in music, time in a studio and on tour and much more. He also spoke to the students about the music of Bellowhead as they are a band that the students cover for their A Level Music exam. To hear first-hand from him about this music was a privilege and a very rare occasion indeed. John also gave the students advice on making it in the industry and spoke about the different people he has met over the years. John also gave knowledgeable insight in to the folk music world and gave the students lots to think about.

The second talk was from Wynne Evans who is most notably known as his character Gio Compario on the adverts. Wynne spoke about his early life as an opera singer and how this developed in to his work on TV and as a radio presenter. He spoke through the different countries he has performed in and how he has used his work to inspire others. Wynne spoke about his training and about the hard work he has put in and the situations and people he has met to get him where he is today.

Both guests answered questions from the students who were eager to find out more and both of the gentlemen were humorous and kind giving their responses. We would like to thank them for giving up their precious time to speak to our students and to thank our students for making the most of such a wonderful opportunity.


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