Education news from across the region - November 2013

PUBLISHED: 14:39 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:39 29 November 2013

Tim Edwards (right) with David Harries of JAMES and Warren Bassett, Course Leader, Audio and Music Production (centre).

Tim Edwards (right) with David Harries of JAMES and Warren Bassett, Course Leader, Audio and Music Production (centre).


Education news - November 2013

Sounds like a great career

A Buckinghamshire New University graduate from Reading has won an award for the standard of work he put together for a singer as part of his degree.

Tim Edwards, 21, of Grantham Road, Reading, graduated with a first-class honours degree in BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production during a ceremony at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe.

The ambitious graduate, who attended Theale Green Community School, near Reading, won the JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Services Association) award for the quality of his work with singer/songwriter Nicole D. It was presented by David Harries, of JAMES. Tim won a week’s postgraduate study at the Gus Dudgeon MCI Studio Suite based at The ATRiuM Campus of University of South Wales in Cardiff.

JAMES is the education and accreditation arm of the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services), UK Screen Association and the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and the course at Bucks New University is one of just ten awarded accredited status in the UK.

Tim said: “I was really surprised and humbled to win the award. I felt there were a lot of other students who could have won it so I’m just grateful that my work was recognised out of so many worthy candidates.”

“I recorded two songs with fellow students Chris Birkett and Marc Hurrell, called ‘Home’ and ‘Butterflies’, and developed Nicole’s acoustic versions into fuller productions more suited to a commercial audience. The latest I heard from Nicole was He hopes to pursue a career in music production or post-production work in TV or film.

David Harries said: “I’ve been in the recording business for many years and it is most encouraging to witness the impressive work turned out by all Audio and Music Production students at Bucks New University, who have obviously been tutored to a very high standard.”

Tim was supported at his graduation by parents Mike and Helen Edwards and girlfriend Bianca Gregory.

Our young lacrosse stars

Two Sixth Form students from Queen Anne’s School in Caversham have represented England at the Under 19 Lacrosse Festival in Oshawa, Canada. The festival was played in conjunction with the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup, run by The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

Harriet Foster, 17, from Upper Basildon, and Jess De Mulder, 16, from Caversham, were included in the two Under 19 England teams sent to Canada to play in four warm-up games and six festival games. Harriet, who captained one of the England teams, and Jessica both scored goals helping their team to win four of their six festival games whilst playing in temperatures of over 30 degrees. England are now ranked 4th in the world following a close defeat by Australia for the bronze medal position.

Harriet said: “This was a fantastic and unforgettable tour. The team have begun to work well together as we build towards the U19 World Cup in 2015.”

Jessica added: “It was amazing to gain lacrosse experience against Canadian, American and Dutch teams who play with different styles compared with the English squad. I am now very excited for the season ahead.”

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