Sound City announces Liverpool Hope University as official partnerWednesday 15 April 2015
Sound City has announced Liverpool Hope University as an official partner for the 2015 festival and conference.
Liverpool Hope students studying undergraduate programmes in Music, Fine Art and Media and Communication have seen their work selected for the festival which takes place in Liverpool between 22nd-24th May 2015.
Singer/Songwriter Susie Cox, Fine Art student Tony Dixon and blues rock band The Aglets, made up of Liverpool Hope University music students Connor Banks-Devlin (Guitar), Paul Davies (bass), Bradley Baines (drums), and Tanith-Louise Tomkinson (vocals) will perform at selected Sound City venues.
Music performance and songwriting are two areas of study within Liverpool Hope University's Music degree, which also offers teaching and research specialisms in cultural and historical musicology, popular music studies, composition, and electroacoustic composition. Liverpool Hope students enjoy state-of-the art facilities and benefit from the University’s partnerships with cultural organisations in the region, including Liverpool Sound City and The Beatles Story.
At Liverpool Hope it is also possible to read Popular Music Studies at MA level and beyond, via the University’s unique MA in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, directed by Dr. Mike Brocken, who can be heard presenting BBC Radio Merseyside's Folkscene.
Six Liverpool Hope Fine Art students have also been chosen to showcase their work. James Taylor will work with Stax Creations to deliver a piece involving scrunched paper and UV paint; Joe Macrobie will show political prints; Melinda Saunders will exhibit black and white canvasses; Alexandra O’Neill will show fluid tie dye panels; Jamie Heague will exhibit watercolours and Amy Worsley has created a listening and viewing box which will show footage of the Sound City site. Media and Communication students will also showcase a new film.
Students in Liverpool Hope’s departments of Fine Art and Media and Communication have the opportunity to use the university’s own industry-standard facilities to develop their practical skills in diverse mediums.
The Liverpool Hope Business Gateway played an integral part in linking the University to Sound City and facilitating opportunities for Liverpool Hope's creative students.
Professor Nicholas Rees, Dean of Arts at Liverpool Hope University said: “With our very own campus dedicated to the creative arts, our industry-standard facilities and our strong belief that one of the best ways to study creativity is by making, we are excited to be partnering with Sound City. The students taking part will be responsible for creating their own work and showcasing it, helping them to develop key skills for their careers in the creative industries. Sound City is a fantastic opportunity for them to build useful links and have their unique voices heard by a diverse – and international - audience.”