Exeter BTEC Student In Regional Finals of the Teen Star Competition!

POSTED ON April 4th  - POSTED IN Exeter

Huge well done to Amy Walklett, Exeter first year BTEC student, has reached the Regional finals of the Teen Star Comeptition. See below for offical press release.

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Talented Local wows judges at TeenStar auditions!

Amy Walklett from Beaminster has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the TeenStar audition in Southampton. Along with other impressive acts, Amy has made it through to the Regional Finals of the UK’s only singing and dancing competition exclusively for teens and pre-teens, and will now be performing in a live showcase in the competition.

TeenStar is an exciting national singing and dancing competition searching for the UK’s best teen and pre-teen singers, singer/songwriters, rappers, dancers and dance groups of all genres and styles. TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy and Union J’s Jaymi Hensley. For the first time, ever, the competition has now opened its doors to dancers too! With even more talent entering the competition, the TeenStar competition is an exciting opportunity for teens and pre-teens across the UK.

One contestant who has evidently caught the judge’s eye is local talent Amy Walklett, who is now in the running to follow in the footsteps of previous winners Luke Friend and Emily Middlemas, and compete for a place in the Grand Final. Thousands of hopefuls entered TeenStar nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in a live Regional head-to-head battle alongside the best talent in their area. They’ll be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the National Grand Final.

Chris Grayston, Events Coordinator for TeenStar comments “We are looking to find an act that has something unique to offer, another Birdy or Luke Friend that can go all the way, with both the ability to deliver a strong live performance but also potential to become a professional recording artist or dance act. Now with the addition of dance acts, these shows are going to be so exciting to watch and judge! There is so much talent out there I’m sure we can find that star again!”

The competition is divided into age categories – ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category searching for the stars of tomorrow, the Pre-Teens! All types of singers and dancers are invited to enter TeenStar. All entrants are aiming to make it to that prestigious Grand Final where the spotlight will be shone on them and they’ll have the chance win some huge prizes such as; recording an album, shooting a music video, scholarships to the Flawless Dance School, sponsorship from Squad Dancewear and more.

The latter stages of the competition will also provide acts with the opportunity to impress many guests from record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry as well as judges from BBC Introducing, national radio and regional press. Past judges for Future Music competitions include Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale MBE, KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges and four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, also known as one half of the Artful Dodger, plus A&R reps from Sony, Warner and Syco Entertainment.

Birdy’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since winning a Future Music Competition in 2008, after securing a deal with Warner Music and watching her debut album achieve Gold status in the UK and platinum status throughout Europe, and receiving a 2014 BRIT award nomination. Hopefully the TeenStar 2017 winner can go on to gain a similar success.

If you’d like to hear more from Amy and follow her progress in the competition you can visit her Facebook page @amywalklettmusician or her twitter @amywalklett; and to watch her latest covers, look for her on YouTube!

For more information go to the website www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk! You can purchase tickets from the website www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk, as well as on the door subject to availability or from Amy Walklett.

AMS Swindon New Premises Launch

POSTED ON March 7th  - POSTED IN Swindon

On 30th January, AMS Swindon held the official opening event for their new centre. Situated at 1 Milton Road in the town centre, Swindon Music Courses are now easy to access.

Swindon Mayor Cllr Eric Shaw attended the event to cut the ribbon and officially open the newly refurbished academy. Of the new centre, Cllr Shaw said: “Centres like this are really important because they make the arts accessible to all. Now that the Academy is in the centre of town, it’s not only physically more accessible but will get a lot more attention from passers by and that can only be a good thing.”

Musicians guests make a smashing opening.

As well as official Mayoral Endorsement, local singer/songwriter legend Nick Harper attended the event to play a guest acoustic set. Harper christened the building by smashing a guitar on the entrance in true rock star fashion.Rachel Davis / Calyx Picture Agency

Following the opening ceremony, guest were able to tour the building at their leisure and enjoy live performances from the students in the brand new space.

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All in all, it was a fantastic evening for the academy of music and sound and the Swindon music scene. If you’re interested in touring the new centre, please contact swindon@academyofmusic.ac.uk or call us on 01793 644477.

AMS Scotland Open Events 2017

POSTED ON February 2nd  - POSTED IN Edinburgh, Glasgow

AMS Scotland Open Events


For those of you who missed out on our open events this year, don’t worry, as we will be running both tasters days and open evenings again in the new year!

On the 25th of February we will be holding another taster day. During this event, you will have the chance to attend a Music Careers presentation, where we will discuss the courses available at The Academy of Music and Sound and the possible career paths within the music industry, along with workshops ranging from Guitar Techniques, Vocal Ensemble, Songwriting and Recording Techniques. At the end the day there will also be short performances from a number of our current students and staff.In addition to our Taster Day, we will be running opening evenings on the 15th of March, 12th of April and 17th of May . These events will run from 6pm at our centre in the Grassmarket and will give individuals the opportunity to have a look around the centre, meet our staff and ask any questions about our courses.

To top that, everyone who attends an open evening is entitled to a free audition voucher (value £15).

To book onto any of our events contact your nearest centre:

Edinburgh – 0131 656 0600 – edinburgh@academyofmusic.ac.uk

Glasgow – 0141 248 6269 – glasgow@academyofmusic.ac.uk

For more information about up coming events why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Fast Track to your online BA degree in Performance Industries

POSTED ON December 7th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

musician-handsDo you have 5+ years musical experience? You could be eligible for Fast Track entry to a BA degree in Performance Industries. Gain a BA qualification at your own pace and from home in 12 months (full time) or 18 months (part time).You can study from anywhere in the UK, with your own personal mentor and access to one of our 8 highly acclaimed study centres and facilities. With your proven experience as a musician you can access the final year of a full degree and launch your career to the next level in one of the many careers in the music industry.

For more details: http://www.academyofmusic.ac.uk/amsonline/contact/

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AMS Edinburgh Taster Day

POSTED ON November 7th  - POSTED IN Edinburgh

000171Our AMS Edinburgh centre had a fantastic taster day for students interested in performance courses on Saturday 5th November.  Attendees were able to participate in a range of workshops, including, guitar, vocals and songwriting. The day was finished with great performances of the results of songwriting workshops, performances from current HNC students and from members of staff.

For more information about open days at any of our centres, you should contact your local centre directly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Graduation Ceremonies 2016

POSTED ON September 8th  - POSTED IN Edinburgh, Gateshead, Glasgow

Students and staff from our centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh & North East (Gateshead) gathered together on 9th September to celebrate the graduation of students from our BA(hons) Performance Industries course. Guests were treated to a guitar performance from Hamish Roberts before the ceremony began. Speeches from our Principal; Steve Ryan and Academic Director; Shaun Baxter preceded a speech from Dean of Faculty; John Pymm. Recipients of the award were presented by representatives from each of our centres.

AMS Scotland Induction week.

POSTED ON August 22nd  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

We were very happy to welcome our new HNC students to our Glasgow & Edinburgh centres last week. The centres had organised a range of induction activities, including live performances, introductions to using Logic Pro X and a masterclass from Singer Songwriter, Nick Harper.

If you’re interested in staring our HNC courses this year, there’s still a bit of time to apply, you can contact your local centre to arrange an audition on 0131 656 0600 (Edinburgh) or 0141 221 4458 (Glasgow)

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Vote AMS Online mentor Kimwei McCarthy for Guitar Masters 2016!

POSTED ON August 18th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Our AMS Online mentor Kimwei McCarthy is participating in Guitar Masters 2016! The guitarist who collects the biggest amount of Youtube “THUMBS UP” by 30.08.2016 will win a guaranteed spot in Round II – Live auditions in Wrocław, Poland. || More info http://www.guitarmasters.pl ||

“Kimwei was featured in three episodes of Guitar Star series 1 in 2015 (Sky Arts UK). She is an inventive and expressive guitar player, using every available part of the guitar in her compositions.

At 26 she began lecturing on a BA through Wolverhampton University/AMS, mentoring composition/songwriting/percussive guitar students and teaching film music. She has written percussive guitar materials for BTEC and songwriting materials for Foundation Degree. As a singer-songwriter she has self-released two albums. The most recent, ‘Refraction & Redemption’ is haunting and delicate, with a strong core of hope, to bring light to dark themes.”

AMS Swindon at Swindon Chilli Fiesta 2016

POSTED ON August 4th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

The sun was shining on Wharf Green in Swindon on Saturday 30th July as 3 AMS Swindon students took to the stage at Swindon Chilli Fiesta 2016. Playing a mixture of covers and original material, Bradley Cowtan, Moesha Ottaway and Jordan Marvell entertained the ever-expanding crowd as they explored the firey offerings of the festival.

Congrats to all 3 students for their outstanding performances. Please check out Brad, Mo and Jordan’s music pages below and show them your support!

https://www.facebook.com/BradleyCowtanUK

https://www.facebook.com/groups/885972408146984/

https://www.facebook.com/JordanMarvellMusic

Special thanks go to Anthony and Rachael at inSwindon (http://www.swindontowncentre.co.uk/inswindon) and Holmes Music (http://www.holmesmusic.co.uk) for providing sound and equipment.

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AMS North East Singer-Songwriting teacher Barry Hyde and the Malody Ensemble

POSTED ON July 25th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

AMS North East Song Writing teacher Barry Hyde has just been given a 4 star review for his gig at the weekend!

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The Futureheads frontman revisits a decade of mental illness in a haunting, darkly funny and deeply moving set.

http://https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/25/barry-hyde-and-the-malody-ensemble-review-st-pancras-old-church-london