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‘Inside The Industry’ talk for Platform One students

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Platform One music students will end the year on a high, with the opportunity to meet the musical director and keyboard player for multi-platinum selling boy-band, One Direction.
Jon Shone will be chatting to degree lecturer and host, Andy Booth, in front of a live audience, about his career to date and experience of touring with some of the most successful acts in the world.

The seminar, Inside the Industry, has been planned with first-year commercial music degree students as part of the Event Management module. Lecturer Andy explained: “This module gives students the chance to understand and recognise the process of hosting a professional event.
“We hope that this seminar will inspire the students and give them some encouragement towards achieving their goals in the music industry, as well as a great end to their year of study.”
In addition to working with One Direction, Jon has also been musical director for other well-established artists such as Olly Murs, Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams.
Prior to working as a musical director, he was the string arranger for the Radio 1 Live Lounge, as well as the resident pianist and arranger for the hugely successful ITV show X-Factor.
Jon has worked at the top level of the music industry for well over a decade. In the past he’s spoken about how music acted as a form of escapism while growing up with parents who had a ‘volatile’ relationship. While his now-divorced parents fought, Jon would listen to music and learn the keyboard skills which were the building blocks of his future career.
The seminar will take place on June 4 at Strings Bar & Venue, as a student-only event.

It is anticipated that ‘Inside The Industry’ will return as a more regular event once audience restrictions have eased later this year.
Platform One College of Music offers a range of study options, including a degree course in partnership with the University of Chichester. The college achieves consistently high results.

For information on Platform One study programmes email study@platformone.org.