Music Students Visited by Backstage Academy

Recently, the Backstage Academy team visited our Music students. The academy provides up-to-date training so that degree students can get a real taste for what life is like in the backstage production industry.

Students hear about opportunities with Backstage Academy

Our Programme Manager for Performing Arts and Music, Tim Hensler, invited Backstage Academy to visit our Music students after meeting academy staff at a music industry even.

Our students listened to a talk from three academy representatives: Sara Gleadhall (Business Development Director); Glen Rowe (Managing Director); and Fleur Roberts-Hunt (a current academy student and former Farnborough College of Technology Music student).

The students heard all about the opportunities within the academy – the Backstage Academy is the educational branch of Glen Rowe’s renowned production business, and the most successful graduates are offered work on different music events including Glastonbury and Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and on tours around the UK and even for a global audience.

Left to Right: Tim Hensler, Fleur Roberts-Hunt, Sara Gleadhall, and Glen Rowe.

Students were particularly excited to meet Glen – not only is he Muse’s Tour Director, but he also founded CATO music, and has worked with artists such as The Thrills, Ronnie Wood, Ginger Baker, Hard-Fi, The Kooks, Magic Numbers, Amy MacDonald, Gareth Gates, and many more!

While our students were excited to see what opportunities can exist after their music course, like touring and production for big bands, they were pleasantly surprised to find a former student among the Backstage Academy visitors!

Fleur Roberts-Hunt studied her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology with us before heading off to Backstage Academy for her degree. She was able to talk to the students about how her course with us prepared her for her degree, her life after college, and how her degree course is preparing her for exciting industry work!

Fleur and Glen speaking to students

When Glen, Sara, and Fleur had finished their talk on the opportunities with Backstage Academy, students were able to ask the panel questions about the industry.

Programme Manager, Tim Hensler, said “Having Backstage Academy visit our Music Production students was brilliant. Our students could see all of the opportunities which lie ahead if they successfully complete their course with us, such as being able to go on to university or to an academy like this and study for a degree.

“Our students are now looking forward to visiting Production Park [where Backstage Academy is based] soon, and have a look at the facilities there!”

After the visit, Glen Rowe said “I am very happy to know that there are people like Tim and Alan putting the passion and drive into our industry.” High praise for our Programme Manager, Tim Hensler, and Music Production lecturer, Alan Horner.

If you’re interested in studying a Music course, you can find out more here.