Industry platform: Stadium Success

130 years of LCM

Last week, we were delighted to invite two successful musicians to UWL to give our students an insightful and interactive masterclass.

Sandy Beales (Bass) and Jon Shone (Keys/MD), toured the world with One Direction and played at iconic venues such as Wembley Stadium and Madison Square Garden.

They brought with them their knowledge and experience of the music industry in a masterclass entitled 'Stadium Success'.

Jon Shone

Sandy Beales

Sandy, just one of our talented graduates, completed the BMus Popular Music Performance course back in 2008. Having worked with various singer-songwriters, his big break came in 2011 when he attended an audition organised by Jon, to be the bass player in a new band called One Direction - with no idea how big they would become.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the evening, commenting:

'It was great to hear the stories and advice they had on how to approach a career as a session musician. It's not every day that you get to hear from someone, who has played all around the world speak about their experience. It was encouraging and very useful, especially when they did the backing track demonstration.' Nadia Sheikh

'The masterclass was not just fun and energetic, but highly informative. We discussed various aspects of the music industry and they managed to cover topics from money to laundry in a playful, but educational manner. Personally, the most useful part of the workshop was about Musical Directorship; it involved information on how to get the powerful 'stadium' sound by using backing tracks, particular arrangements and live musicians.

Sandy and Jon were humble, but energetic, passionate and enterprising people.' Dom Uzkuraitis

'The Stadium Success masterclass was an insightful, interactive and an engaging experience. We learned a lot of interesting perspectives and lessons that we can now apply to our own musical or non-musical endeavours. This was due to the informative and thought-provoking conversation both Sandy and Jon presented to us. The practical demonstration of a live setup and performance was paramount to a clear understanding of how things work on a high budget show. It was also a lot of fun to get up and play some music with fellow students.' Quantae Ramdin

Stadium success group shot