BBC link-up offers ‘incredible’ opportunities for students

Published: October 14, 2019

Telford College’s music and media students are gaining valuable work experience thanks to a thriving partnership with the BBC’s ‘Introducing’ team.

In the latest collaboration, they have been spending time at the BBC Shropshire studios in Shrewsbury to film and sound engineer live performances by the hottest new talent across the county, such as Rainbreakers and Ruby Allen.

Telford College staff were also special guests at the latest BBC Music Day showcase event at Albert’s Shed, in Southwater.

There were Telford College connections both on and off the stage – as one of the bands performing at the event was Young Braves, an alternative rock band made up of former students.

The BBC Shropshire Introducing show, which champions unsigned and up-and-coming artists, is hosted by former Telford College music technology student Simon Berry, and Michaela Wylde.

Michaela said: “Through BBC Introducing, we have developed good links with Telford College. Students have been coming in to do a bit of work with us, including sound work and videoing.”
Simon said it was great to see the Telford College students at the Southwater event, and getting the chance to see Young Braves among the line-up.

The presenters described their set as ‘electric’, and Michaela added: “They put on such a fantastic show. It was great to watch, great to listen to, and they did a fantastic cover.

“It’s good to hear some of these acts putting their own spin on songs you would not expect.”
A series of other past and present Telford College students have seen their music featured on BBC Shropshire’s Introducing show in recent months.

They include current student band The Losing Score, plus former students such as Mike O’Neill, The Evacs, and Bryony Williams.

Members of the BBC Shropshire Introducing team have also visited the college’s Haybridge campus to talk to music and media students, offering an insight into their career journeys, and day-to-day work.

Keen drummer Molly Grigg, a member of college band The Final Calling, is studying level three music and sat in on one of the sessions.

She said: “I didn’t know much about BBC Introducing before the workshop, but it seems like an incredible opportunity, and the radio side of things really interested me – it got me thinking about a different career path.”

Scotty Powell, a creative media level three student, also enjoyed the BBC workshop, saying: “It was really inspiring.

“I found it interesting learning about their career paths and how they progressed into the BBC. I’ve realised I want to do a job that I really enjoy, and video editing or sports broadcasting would be my dream.”

Andy Turner, learner manager for creative and music at Telford College, said: “We are thrilled to have developed such a valuable partnership with the BBC Introducing team, who are giving our students priceless work experience.

“We have a long history of bands and artists from our college being played on BBC introducing Shropshire and other BBC radio stations.

“Supporting the BBC’s live sessions and editing video content is providing a great opportunity for students studying media and music at the college, and is something we are really excited about.

“Students are able to say that they have sound engineered for a live music broadcast on the BBC and filmed and edited content for the BBC to be broadcast on their social media channels. This is incredible for their CV’s and UCAS applications.

He added: “We are also looking forward to working with Albert’s Shed Southwater in the near future to provide yet more opportunities for our music students.”

The BBC Introducing team said: “Credit to students from Telford College for creating this brilliant video.