careers in music

We are excited to announce a number of professionals in various musical fields coming in to SMS to talk about their careers in music. For those who are interested in a careers in music it is a great opportunity to ask questions and get feedback first hand. For those not considering a career in music, it is a great chance to hear about how music is written, recorded, performed live and played on the radio. This is an open event to anyone aged 11-18 and to book your place you must email us your name, contact information and which event/events you would like to attend. The talks will take place on Saturday mornings from 9.45-10.15 with a chance to talk with our speakers at the end.


January 18- Christian Carlisle- BBC Introducing

January 25- Heather Fenoughty- TV and film composer

February 8- Laura McClure- Reverend and the Makers

February 29- Chris Wilkinson- Music Producer and sound engineer

March 7- Gemma Page- Head of Music at Tapton School

March 14- Special guest performer

Christian Carlisle: We are excited to invite BBC introducing DJ Christian Carlisle to SMS to talk about all things radio, DJ’ing and discovering new musical talent. If you would like to attend and are not a member of Sheffield Music School do send us a message to attend the informal talk.

”As a veteran presenter of BBC Introducing Christian has had the pleasure of being at the forefront of the South Yorkshire music scene for the last 9 years. He's been instrumental in providing early radio plays and support for the likes of The Sherlocks, Drenge, and Bang Bang Romeo at the start of their careers, and more recently has been championing incredible new talent like Self Esteem, Sophie and the Giants and Blackwaters.

He's also an accomplished DJ with a career spanning some 15 years which has seen him play the length and breadth of the UK working for the likes of Propaganda, Club NME, Silent Disco Kings and Festival Republic.”


Heather Fenoughty:

“My most recent work includes StarDog & TurboCat, an animated feature by Red Star 3D. Starring Gemma Arterton, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy and Luke Evans, StarDog & TurboCat is released in UK cinemas in December 2019.

As composer for film, TV, theatre, adverts, games and online media, I’ve credits on BBC and ITV documentaries and feature films. I’ve composed music for advertisements by CITV, Nissan, Land Rover and other multi-national companies.

My production music has featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN Newsroom, CBS News, Channels 4 and 5 et al, and in games – for XBox, iPad and online flash games.

In the past, I’ve provided full post-production audio services for shorts and online narratives, from dialogue editing and recorded sound cleanup with sound effects, to final production, mixing and mastering. Now I’m focussed on music composition, these audio skills still inform my work.

I create music and design sound for award-winning installation and contemporary theatre, often with Slung Low and Third Angel theatre companies. These scores have played in the West End, off Broadway, for Sundance Theatre Lab, and at Singapore Arts Festival.

My scores can be heard in 4D theme park cinemas across the world in many of Red Star’s 3D CG animations.

I compose a growing, exclusive collection of production music for Premiumbeat. Other tracks from my back catalogue can be found on Pond5 for licensing.

I’ve written about creativity and the business of composing music at ScoreCastOnline.com, and spoken on the use of sound and music in media at universities and film events. I’ve sat on panels to judge film and TV music for BAFTA, BASCA, PRS and other film organisations.”


Laura McClure:

“I’m Laura and I’m in Sheffield-based band Reverend and The Makers, although I’m originally from London. We released our first album ‘The State of Things’ in 2007 and since then have released 6 top 20 albums. We have toured the world, playing all around Europe, Japan and America. We have played festivals like Glastonbury and Kendal Calling, but the best was Tramlines this year when we played to more that 10,000 people in Hillsborough Park. We have played both small sweaty venues and huge arenas and stadiums but the biggest audience we’ve ever played to was when we supported The Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Knebworth when there was over 100,000 people there. We have been lucky enough to support lots of great bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and The Verve, to name but a few.

I have two jobs with Reverend and The Makers. Firstly, I’m a musician and play keyboards, trumpet and sing. It’s great to record our songs in the studio but my favourite part is playing live. It’s amazing seeing what affect our music has on people. There’s no other feeling like seeing hundreds or even thousands of people singing along and dancing to the music you’re playing. I am also tour manager for the band. This means that I arrange all the logistics for any live performance we do. This includes booking hotels, arranging travel, liaising with venues, promoters and managers to make sure we have everything we need to be able to put on a good gig. This also involves booking any crew we might need and solving any problems that may arise. Doing what you love for a job is pretty incredible but it doesn’t come without sacrifice. It’s hard not having a “normal” 9-5 job sometimes but the pro’s definitely weigh out the cons!”

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