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Jools Holland Bassist to Join The Institute, London for Learn to Play Day 2013

On 16th March 2013 Dave Swift, best known for being Jools Holland’s long term bassist since 1991, will be visiting the Institute’s campus in London, to support National Learn to Play Day.

Dave has played with just about every major name in contemporary music, from KT Tunstall, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Richard Hawley through to some of the giants of the 20th century like George Benson, Smokey Robinson, Eric Clapton, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Jeff Beck, Tom Jones, Paul Weller and BB King – Dave has laid down his immaculate and grooving bass lines for them all – live on TV, in the studio, and on tour.

A master on both electric and acoustic bass, his time with Jools’ Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, has seen him perform at a myriad of events including Dubai International Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Amnesty International, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Music Festival, the G8 conference for world leaders including Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, and the Millennium Night celebration at the Millennium Dome for Her Majesty the Queen.

Dave is still in demand as a session musician, and has also played double bass and bass guitar for 80’s pop star Rick Astley, American soul singer Gary U.S. Bonds, Ben E. King and on ex-Kinks frontman Ray Davis’ album ‘Other People’s Lives’. He was also in the House Band on the ‘Johnny Vaughan Tonight’ show, and has most recently been playing bass for comedian turned singer Alexander Armstrong.   He currently performs on BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Jools Holland Show’, and on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ on BBC2 as well as constantly touring around the UK and internationally. When Dave is not playing bass, he still finds the time to play his first instrument, the trombone.

On Learn to Play Day, the Institute will be welcoming people into its state-of-the-art campus to have a taster lesson in the instrument of their choice with one of its outstanding faculty members.

Dave expressed his enthusiasm for being involved in the day, saying: “I am so pleased that I’m able to visit the Institute for Learn to Play Day, which is a fantastic initiative from the MIA to get more people taking part in music. It will be such a great and unique opportunity to share my experiences of being a professional musician for the last 31 years, particularly my long association with Jools Holland, who is in fact a patron of the charity. I’m delighted to be supporting a world class education provider such as the Institute, which is the perfect place for your first introduction to a musical instrument.”

The day will run from 10.00am, with hour long sessions in each instrument, as well as a couple of other workshops. Participants who are 16yrs and over will be eligible for a 60% discount on Part-Time Courses throughout 2013. In addition, a partnership between the Institute and DV247, will allow attendees to receive exclusive packages/deals from DV Acton, West London

To get involved with National Learn to Play Day at the Institute please email to reserve your space. For more information please visit:

Dave Swift with Paul Weller and Amy Winehouse Dave Swift

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The Institute’s prestigious Higher Diploma welcomes April intake

April  marks the Institute’s first intake of 2013 with its ground-breaking Higher Diploma, a specialist one-year full-time course created to train, equip and inspire students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind developed in the UK, and it continues to set the industry standard in its development of aspiring musicians.

The Institute is widely recognised as Europe’s leading school of modern music and features an unrivaled teaching faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with the music industry’s biggest artists.

The long standing reputation of the course and its proven track record has produced alumni that can be seen performing with high profile artists such as Radiohead, Eric Clapton, The Noisettes, Kylie Minogue and Babyshambles.

This intensive course is specifically for musicians and singers wishing to study a wide range of contemporary styles and looking to fast-track the development of their performing skills and overall musicianship. Students will experience plenty of practical playing time through modules focusing on styles, instrumental technique and reading notation. Weekly live performance workshops provide the opportunity for students to perform in a live band situation and regularly apply their skills into a practical context.

Programme leader Mike Sturgis says:

“The Higher Diploma programme at the Institute is the most comprehensive and intensive course of its kind anywhere in the world. The curriculum, facilities, faculty and its unique positioning at the heart of the global music industry ensure that students are well equipped for a wide range of career opportunities. Our goal is their success.”

The Institute’s Higher Diploma has revolutionised the study of contemporary music in the UK. And the April intake of this unique course means that you will receive a saving of £200.

If you would like further information about applying for the Higher Diploma or other Institute courses, please contact:

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Free Instrument Lesson with National Learn to Play Day at the Institute, London

On Saturday 16th March 2013 the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance will be offering free lessons in guitar, bass, drums and vocals for anybody wishing to try out a new instrument.

National Learn to Play Day, was set up by Music for All; and is run in partnership with the Musicians Union,, Art’s Council England, Take it Away and, an initiative to encourage more people to take up an instrument,  by providing people of any age to engage in a free music lesson. Shops all over the country will be opening their doors and offering complimentary lessons in a wide range of instruments.

The Institute will be welcoming people into its state-of-the-art campus in NW London, to have a taster lesson in the instrument of their choice with one of its outstanding faculty members. All Institute tutors are highly experienced and active musicians so this truly is a unique opportunity to be inspired experts. As a world class education provider, the Institute is the perfect place for your first introduction to a musical instrument. Alongside the lessons, there will be many other ways to participate, including a choir and rhythm workshops and performances.

The day will run from 10.00am, with hour long sessions in each instrument, plus a Choir Performance and Workshop.  Participants who are 16yrs and over will be eligible for a 60% discount on Part-Time Courses throughout 2013. Institute Part-Time Courses take place four times a year and run over 10 weeks in acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals, song writing and music business, helping participants to continue their musical adventure.

Through a partnership between the Institute and DV247, attendees will also receive exclusive packages/deals from DV Acton, West London

To get involved with National Learn to Play Day at the Institute please email to reserve your space. For more information please visit:

National Learn to Play Day

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Pop-Rock Royalty Set to Entertain the Institute, London

On 12th February 2013, Paul Winter-Hart and Alex Dickson will visit the Institute to talk exclusively to students about their careers and jamming techniques.

Alex and Paul spent much of the late 90’s jetting around the planet. Paul played drums with chart-topping, BRIT award-winning band Kula Shaker, whilst Alex was touring guitarist of choice with pop royalty Robbie Williams and Iron Maiden’s legendary vocalist, Bruce Dickinson.  Since then Alex has played with a who’s who of music including James Brown, Ben’s Brother and Calvin Harris. Paul, meanwhile, has been equally busy performing with Graham Coxon, Johnathan Jerimiah, Joseph Arthur and Aqualung.

During downtime between tours and records, Paul and Alex having been taking inspiration from their experiences playing with musicians in L.A. and New York, by jamming, writing and mixing together and trying to make sense of the ‘creative process’ involved in these.

In their workshop, Alex and Paul hope to convey how freeform playing can help in the writing process as well as the potential problems of devising music in this way.

For further information on the Institute’s courses and events, please contact:

Paul Winter-Hart Alex Dickson

Seminal Indie Guitarist Charlotte Hatherley visits the Institute

On Monday 21st January 2013, songwriter and former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley will visit the Institute to give an exclusive masterclass to students at its Kilburn facilities.

Charlotte has been a professional musician since the age of fourteen. She first grabbed public attention when she joined multimillion album selling Irish rockers Ash, just two years into her career. Charlotte spent a decade with the band supplying guitar and vocals, during their most successful period.

Despite punishing touring schedules, Hatherley continued to concentrate on her songwriting skills; as well as contributing on songs with Ash she also wrote three  solo albums, Grey Will Fade, Deep Blue and New Worlds, which included collaborations with Squarepusher, Adem, Luke Smith (Depeche Mode, Foals), Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins) and XTC’s Andy Partridge.

Charlotte has also toured with Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall and many others.

Charlotte’s current project, Sylver Tongue, marks a new direction for her music, in which she composes on keys instead of guitar. Hatherley’s music inspirations include Japan, Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads but whilst for some, influences are used as a shortcut to their destination; Charlotte uses them as a direction to her own unique sound.

Charlotte will talk about her band experience with Ash; touring and recording extensively, and her career as a session guitarist and solo artist, which includes setting up her own label and releasing her own records. The session will also touch on aspects of songwriting and the process Charlotte follows to demo, produce and home record her material.

For further information on the Institute’s courses and events, please contact:

Charlotte Hatherley Charlotte Hatherley

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Rotosound announce Billy Sheehan and Doug Wimbish NAMM 2013 Artist Appearances

Once again Rotosound have a first class choice of hand picked endorsees joining them on their stand at the Winter NAMM 2012 on Saturday 26th January 2013.

Doug Wimbish will be gracing the Rotosound booth at 1.00pm. He is known for his pioneering bass playing with Living Colour and recognized for his work with Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Madonna and Joe Satrianni to name but a few. 2013 will be a busy year for Doug with the 25th Anniversary Tour of Vivid about to kick off.

Then 3.30pm sees the arrival of the bass wizard, Billy Sheehan fresh from his recent tour with the supergroup also featuring Mike Portnoy, Tony McAlpine and Derek Sherinian. Earlier in 2012 he was reunited with his Talas band mates for a one off concert in New York.

If your would like to meet them, ask a question, or get them to sign something for you visit the Rotosound Booth ♯4278, Hall C and check out all the new products while you are there.

Billy Sheehan and Doug Wimbish  NAMM 2013 Artist Appearances

Posted in Bass, Events, Guitar, NAMM Show, News

Legendary Bassist Glenn Hughes Appearing on Orange Amplification Booth Saturday 26th January 2013

New Orange Amps endorsee, Glenn Hughes will be appearing on their booth on Saturday 26th January 2013 at 1.00pm.

For over forty years Glenn has been a bass player, vocalist and songwriter with some of the greatest rock acts and is currently lead vocalist and bass player with Black Country Communion. Commenting on his recent move to Orange Amplification Glenn said, ‘I plugged into that Orange Amp and it was though it had been designed for me!’

To find out more about the AD200B MK3 head with an OBC810 8 x 10” Bass speaker cabinet Glenn Hughes is using, ask him how its vintage inspiration has taken him back to his roots of Trapeze and Deep Purple, or simply meet him, go to the Orange Music Booth 4890 Hall C.

Glenn Hughes

Mikey Demus Appearing On Rotosound Stand At The 2012 Manson Guitar Show

One of Rotosound’s newest endorsees Mikey Demus, guitarist with Skindred, will be appearing on the Rotosound stand at the Manson Guitar Show this weekend at the Corn Exchange, Exeter, Devon.

Rotosound recently launched a Mikey Demus signature string set (Product MD11) featuring custom heavy gauge nickel electric guitar strings (11-15-22p-30-42-54). Mikey will be on the Rotosound Stand on Sunday 18th November at 12 noon, where you will be able to meet him and check out his signature strings, plus you will see all the latest Rotosound products, including the new range of accessories.

Known for his gut wrenching heavy guitar playing style, full of raw metal power and soulful reggae, Mikey is Skindred’s very own riff-lord. 2012 has seen Mikey and Skindred, one of Britain’s most exciting live acts, appearing at Download and a number of other key festivals globally. They will be finishing the year touring the UK throughout December.

To find out more about Rotosound, its endorsees strings and accessories visit where you can buy them online.

Rotosound Mikey Demus signature set

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Nitin Sawhney ‘In Conversation’ at The Institute

On November 27th 2012, the Institute welcomes British Indian musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney for an ‘In Conversation With’ talk at its London facilities. The talk will take place during an Outreach Event the Institute is hosting with BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), as part of its developing partnership with the association.

Now signed to Universal Publishing, Nitin has made 9 studio albums, been nominated for a Mercury Music prize, received an Ivor Novello nomination, and won a MOBO, two BBC Radio 3 awards and a Southbank Show award. He has also scored over 50 films for cinema and television. His career spans production and composition work with Sting, Cirque Du Soleil, Shakira, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Taio Cruz, Imogen Heap, Anoushka Shankar and many others.

This event demonstrates the Institute’s commitment to supporting the creation of original music and engaging with and recognising the positive influence of differing musical cultures. BASCA has been developing an outreach project with Diaspora, the music foundation that supports the wealth of musical talent found throughout the UK’s diverse communities. The project’s goal is to build stronger relationships with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) music creators and represent a broader range of musical genres.

This unique event will include a short presentation by BASCA followed by the ‘In Conversation With’ talk with Nitin. It is free for invited guests from Diaspora and Institute students who will benefit from an exclusive opportunity to hear from arguably the busiest, most versatile and most sought after composer and producer around.

For further information on this event or other Institute activities and courses, please contact:

Nitin Sawhney

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Orange Amplification Presents The Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2012

Orange Amplification proudly presents The Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2012. This annual star-studded awards ceremony celebrates the world’s greatest rock icons, performers, musicians and songwriters. It will be held at The Roundhouse, Camden, Londonon the 13th November 2012 with rock legend and Orange endorsee Duff McKagan hosting the evening.

Managing Director, Damon Waller, commenting said: “This is our second year as the headline sponsor and our partnership with the awards reflects our long association with supplying amps to the biggest bands in Classic Rock for over forty years.”

The Living Legend Award, which is also sponsored by Orange, is only ever awarded to those artists who have truly cemented their place in the rock hall of fame. Previous winners include Alice Cooper, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and this year it has been awarded to ZZ Top who, with a career spanning over forty years, have sold more than fifty million albums and continue to sell out arena tours around the world. ZZ Top is also nominated for the Band Of The Year award.

Orange Amplification endorsees, Phantom Limb, Tracer and Ghost are nominated for Best New Band. Other Orange endorsees nominated include Mastodon in the Album Of The Year category and rock legends Rush in the Album Of The Year and Band Of The Year categories.

You can vote for your favourites at

To find out more about the Orange gear and their artists nominated for this year’s awards visit

Orange Classic Rock Awards

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