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Firestarter! Prodigy star to appear at free course for young musicians

18 October 2016

Young musicians are being offered a rare opportunity to meet and share a stage with a world famous musician – free of charge.


Jim Davies, former guitarist for Braintree-based band The Prodigy, will be attending a workshop at Colchester Institute this October half-term to share his experiences and offer young Essex musicians advice.


Famous for his riff in the smash hit Firestarter, Davies has performed live at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals and is keen to help unearth local talent.


The four-day event, funded by Essex Music Education Hub which is led by Essex County Council, offers 13-18 year olds the chance to peek into the music industry – and find out what’s really ‘behind the scenes’.


Studios will be available for recording and producing music, along with a full-scale final gig to mimic an authentic live show.


Unsung heroes of the music industry – backstage crew – will also offer experience of working with PA systems and stage management, along with various other skills that are vital to the success of music gigs and festivals.


Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Music can be a great platform for young people to show off their creative talents, with a wide range of genres offering something for everyone.


“Regardless of the music they enjoy, I’d encourage all young people to seize this rare opportunity to experience being a professional musician.


“This county has produced some fantastically talented artists in the past – and this event could be the beginning of a bright future for somebody!”


In The Business: The Music Industry Sessions is a partnership project run by Essex Music Education Hub and Colchester Institute, and is made free to young people by Arts Council England funding.


Places are limited and are going quickly. To book your place and for more details, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-the-business-the-music-industry-sessions-tickets-27770855376