PLATFORM One music students are being given 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 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 an event management module.

Andy said: “This module gives students the chance to understand and recognise the process of hosting a professional event.

“We hope that this seminar will (allow students) 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 been musical director for other well established artists such as Olly Murs, Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams.

Prior to his work as an MD, he was the string arranger for the Radio 1 Live Lounge, as well as the resident pianist and arranger for ITV's X-Factor.

The seminar will take place on June 4 at Strings Bar & Venue in Newport, as a student only event.

It is anticipated Inside The Industry will return as a more regular event once audience restrictions have eased later this year.

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