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Explore life in the music industry with free half-term workshops

25 January 2016

Young musicians are being given the chance to discover all there is to know about developing a career in the music industry.

Essex Music Education Hub and Colchester Institute are hosting the free In The Business ‘Plug in to the music industry’ sessions at Colchester Institute’s Swinburne Hall during February half-term.

The four day programme, taking place from Tuesday 16 February to Friday 19 February, will focus on various aspects of the business, covering topics including rehearsal techniques, working with a full PA rig, lighting and stage management and performance craft.

There will also be some focus on music technology for performance/song writing and an instrumental masterclass.

Workshops will be supported by industry experts, including a record producer, venue manager and performing artists.

Open to 15 to 18-year-olds, the week will conclude with an open performance on the afternoon of Friday 19 February.


Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to broaden their musical education and find out more about the opportunities available within the music industry.


“I hope the workshops will give them a good insight and provide valuable guidance and inspiration for any of them who wish to pursue a career in music.”


The workshops, funded by Essex Music Education Hub, and are free to take part in but there are limited places available.

To find out more, please email Programme Leader Johnny Wolley (

To book a place, send an email with you name, contact address, telephone number, email address, age and musical interests to or post the information to In the Business, Essex Music Services, The Stanway Federation Learning Centre, Paxman Avenue, Colchester, C02 9DQ.

Essex Music Services (part of Essex County Council) is the lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub.