Gurus inspire stars of the future 

26/11/09
Ash Taylor teaching pupils the Dhol at the Essa Academy
Ash Taylor teaching pupils the Dhol drum at the Essa Academy.

Bolton’s young people have been getting advice and guidance on the best way of getting into the music industry.

Last Thursday (19/11) Creative and Media Diploma students at Turton High School and members of staff from the University of Bolton met two leading lights of the music business.

Terrie Doherty and Karen Gabay, two highly successful media and music industry professionals answered questions and told the students about their work, and how they got ahead in their field of work.

While Terrie has her own company, working with the likes of Katie Melua and Whitney Houston, Karen co-presents and produces The People, a three hour radio show for BBC Radio Manchester. The programme is an eclectic mix of interviews, news and music for an African-Caribbean audience.
 
The following day saw the university deliver a special Dhol masterclass at the Essa Academy with two students, Ash and Kiran Taylor from the Music and Creative Business course, which started at the university in September.

A Dhol is a drum widely used in the Indian sub-continent, and very popular in modern Punjabi music.

Ash and Kiran talked to the students about their journey so far, and their aspirations as they attempt to forge a career in the music industry. They also gave a performance on the drums and explained how they fuse different cultures through their music.

The pupils at the academy were then able to try out the drums and learn about the various techniques and rhythms used in Dhol music for themselves.
 
The talks formed part of a series of guru lectures, which are in place for students studying on Music and Creative Business and Music Management courses at the university.

Lectures have been arranged in schools by the university in partnership with Bolton Council’s Find Your Talent team as part of an outreach programme to encourage students to look at careers in the music and creative industries.

“The young people at Turton and the Essa Academy will have benefited so much from hearing about the journeys that Terrie, Karen, Ash and Kiran have been on,” said Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council. “Hopefully events like this will inspire a new generation of musicians and music business professionals to come out of Bolton.”

Jo Hilditch, course leader for the Music and Creative Business BSc course at the University of Bolton, said: “Our outreach to local schools and community groups aims to inspire and educate young people to pursue music and the creative industries.

“The people we have invited to talk to the schools have had long and successful careers in these areas, while Ash and Kiran, despite still studying, have their own music business and have performed at more than 1,000 events both in Bolton and nationally. The young people who hear them will certainly be inspired.”

A programme of guru sessions for young people aged 12 -18 years will start in January. Information will be available on the Young Bolton Life website.

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