We’ve handpicked industry experts and academics from all areas of the production, engineering and music business. They bring a wealth of experience, expertise, skills and insider knowledge. Their roles range from producers, engineers, songwriters, arrangers and musicians to A&R, marketing and management and include multiple Grammy winners, BAFTA, Brit, MPG, Music Week, Q Award winners and a nomination for the Mercury Prize. Please meet the team behind our specialist audio education at Abbey Road Institute.
We’d like to introduce you to our core team at Abbey Road Institute London. Under ‘Staff’ you’ll find our regular lecturers, technicians, student support, marketing and management. You’ll get to know them well during your time studying with us.
Carlos Lellis is the Programme Director for our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering in London. He oversees the running and delivery of the course as well as teaching across areas of the curriculum. Carlos was part of the small team to establish Abbey Road Institute, working closely with the Abbey Road Studios to design and create the course curriculum. He is highly experienced and brings a wealth of industry and education experience to the Institute. He has worked as an engineer, academic and is also a published author. He holds an MA in Creative Media and a diploma Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music.
Alongside working in education Carlos Lellis is an active engineer and producer, whose credits include artists such as The Navarra String Quartet, the BBC Elstree Concert Band, and Grammy Award winners Sir John Tavener and Thomas Dybdahl amongst many others. Prior to joining Abbey Road Institute Carlos taught audio for many years. Some of his past students include recipients of Oscar, Grammy and Mercury Music Prize Awards.
You can find out more about Carlos in this interview on our blog.
Jason O’Bryan is a record producer and bassist from London. He was a member of the Dub Pistols for over a decade and recorded and toured extensively during this time. Some of his career highlights include work on the Grammy Award-nominated soundtrack of Alfonso Cuarón’s’ film ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ with the band Molotov. Other notable credits include; composing and engineering music for the ‘Blade 2’ soundtrack with Busta Rhymes. His music has also been used in promotional trailers for the Austin Powers movie ‘International Man of Mystery’ and was also featured in the Ben Stiller movies ‘Mystery Men’ and ‘Zoolander’.
As a remix engineer Jason has worked with a diverse range of artists including Scissor Sisters, Moby, Ian Brown, Natalie Imbruglia, Lily Allen, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Bush & Sly & Robbie, he has released output on various labels including Geffen, Def Jam, PWL and R&S.
Jason is a core member of the academic team and teaches subjects across the syllabus but specialises in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Melodyne and iZotope. He is also a certified Pro Tools and Logic X instructor.
Find out more about Jason O’Bryan in his interview on our blog.
Yannis Iliopoulos is our music business lecturer. His teaching covers all aspects of the music industry within our music business module. He is the founder and Director of The Sound Of Everything Records and its publishing arm Timespace Music Publishing, which have successfully built up a catalogue of more than 300 releases so far. Yannis has a strong academic background, having studied Physics at Imperial College and Mathematics at King’s College.
Yannis brings with him a breadth of experience in the music industry and music business education with a strong background in entertainment law, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and new business models. He has worked extensively as a strategist, mentor, and coach for creatives.
Mike Sinnott is the Campus Manager at Abbey Road Institute London. He is responsible for the management and administration of the school, overseeing all the day to day running of and the long term plans for the campus.
Following his training as a sound engineer in 2001, Mike has since worked in audio engineering education for nearly 20 years. During this time he’s built a strong network across all areas of the music industry with producers, artists, labels, studios, manufacturers and tutors. He continues to grow his network by working closely with our colleagues at Abbey Road Studios. Having worked at multiple audio engineering schools over the years, Mike understands the passion, professionalism and commitment that are the key elements that make Abbey Road Institute unique.
Alongside the management of the school, Mike is actively involved in supporting enquirers and applicants along with Lucy Garcia, our Student Administrator. He’s available to give further insight into our programmes through 121 sessions as well as being part of the Admissions Panel who interview all of our students. He also works closely alongside our Programme Director Carlos Lellis, to ensure the highest quality of teaching and delivery at our London school.
Lauren Coker is the Student Administrator and Marketing Assistant at Abbey Road Institute London. Lauren’s interest in music began when she started learning how to harmonise vocally in a school choir at the age of 8. Studying a Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, she learned the ins and outs of the music business, performance and production as part of her studies. During her time at college, she developed a new fascination with music production and engineering. This led to the studio environment becoming her second home as she mastered her skills in understanding how to record, mix and master in a studio.
Alex Watson joins the Abbey Road Institute team to head up our technical services team as Technical Services Manager in our new home Angel Recording Studios.
Alex comes from a musical background having played in orchestras, brass bands and big bands and sang in choirs as well as working on and off stage in theatres during his teens. He always knew he wanted to progress in this area and then discovered the Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) degree at the University of Surrey, which led him to a career in recording studios.
Alex was a key member of the team at Angel Studios prior to its closure in 2019. Some of his personal highlights from this previous time include working on popular TV dramas, the variety of talented people he met from all departments and learning new skills from them. Particular highlights include working on the pre-records for the film Into the Woods with the likes of Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine, plus the big band Christmas album with Kylie. Alongside his day job, Alex has also been composing for production music companies since 2012, which has meant getting his piano skills back up to scratch.
Alex’s role involves overseeing all the technical installations for the building; from keeping the teaching rooms up to standard to maintaining the larger room for commercial orchestral sessions. He brings with him a wealth of experience as well as knowledge and insight from his time at Angel and says of the reopening ‘It was a huge part of the industry for 40 years. To be able to re-open and offer that space again to the London scene is a huge boost for everyone in the industry.’
John Dunkerley regularly guest lectures on our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our students. John’s background in the recording industry is extensive and his reputation is legendary.
John had previously engineered at Decca for some thirty years and ten years for EMI Classics and is well known for his attention to detail and no-compromise approach to work, ensuring recordings of the highest standard. His greatest successes were establishing such high and consistent standards for recordings made with both the Montreal Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras over a period of some twenty years. He is an aficionado of the Decca Tree mic formation which he teaches as part of our programme, you can find out more about this on our blog.
The number of discs he has worked on is well over one thousand, including some sixty operas. Film credits include his work with Stanley Kubrick.
John’s excellence has been underlined with numerous awards over the years, including The Gramophone, Edison, Echo, Prix Italia, Japan Academy, Classical Brits, Prix Caecilia, Liszt Academy, Grand Prix du Disque, Stereo Review Record of the Year, Juno and numerous Grammys.
Alex Scannell was an engineer at Abbey Road Studios for over 10 years. During his tenure, Alex engineered across all genres of music, from recording symphony orchestras to bands and everything in between. Being able to have access to the peerless equipment available at the studio, Alex dug deep into the studio’s history. He was recording full projects using nothing but analogue signal chains of priceless equipment, valve mics, 2″ Tape machines and gear such as the TGmk2 desk.
On leaving Abbey Road, Alex set up a location recording business Audio Spark mobile. He has recorded or mixing projects for clients such as The Divine Comedy, Beverley Knight, Professor Green, The BBC, The Manic Street Preachers, Ed Sheeran and Ray Davies.
Alex regularly brings his knowledge and expertise back to Abbey Road Institute through workshops with our students, usually held in Studio Three. He shares his experience on the importance of getting things right from the beginning and avoiding commonly unconsidered pitfalls in a recording. “Being involved with Abbey Road Institute is amazing. It gives me an immediately practical way to pass this passion and knowledge on to the students”.
Natalia Rodrigues Milanezi graduated from our Advanced Diploma in September 2017 after also completing a course in Music Production from the Institute of Arts and Communication Techniques in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2015.
As a certified software operator in Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 12 she joined the Abbey Road Institute team as a technician early in 2018.
Outside of her role at the Institute Natalia works as an audio engineer, personal production assistant for producer Martin “Youth” Glover and as label manager at his record label Painted Words Records.
Natalia’s portfolio of work includes work with various bands and artists such as Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke), Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks), Zoe Devlin (Alabama 3 and X-Factor), Kandle Osrbourne, Kiranpal Singh (maestro in Indian music) and many more. Alongside these different roles, Natalia is a freelance music producer, audio engineer, mixer, composer, arranger, musical director and artwork designer.
Paolo Violi completed our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in May 2021. He now works as a Technician supporting our current students. He joined us from Rome, where he studied classical piano and undertook a Master’s Degree in Architecture. This was alongside playing in bands and writing music.
Starting our course inspired Paolo to decide he wanted to make music his full-time career, and he is currently working on two main projects: his portfolio as a pop songwriter and production for an Italian rock band Panta. During his time on the course, he worked closely with the band recording in our Custom 75 Studio, working on the pre-production of the tracks, engineering the sessions and then mixing, utilising what he had learnt on the course.
Alongside his work at the Institute, Paolo is aiming to expand the portfolio of artists he works with. He also wants to establish himself as a producer and songwriter. His goal to help artists to shape their music and write songs that people can relate to.
Sam Bates graduated from our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in 2021 and joined our team as a technician, supporting our students on a day to day basis. Prior to studying with us, he spent a number of years DJing across London, producing electronic music, and playing in live bands. Sam plays Keys, Viola and Saxophone, and has considerable experience performing Classical, Jazz and Contemporary Music. Outside of his work with us, Sam freelances as an engineer and continuing to write and perform.
During his time on the course, Sam announced two exciting projects – his new post-punk band, In Tongues, and his Hip-Hop production moniker, Rival. He continues to develop these projects, alongside his work for other artists as a producer and mix engineer. He is also a keen DJ and dance music producer, with a number of club-focused projects in the works.
Alongside working at the Institute Sam aims to keep releasing new music for his various creative outlets and develop his brand, whilst establishing himself as a producer and mix engineer who specialises in electronic and hybrid styles of music.
Giacomo Vianello joined the team as a technician after completing our Advanced Diploma in March 2020. Prior to studying with us Giacomo attended the ‘One Music Academy’ in Verona where he learnt bass, guitar, drums and piano. During his time on the Diploma his highlights include assisting on a session with guest lecturer and producer Youth, as well as playing bass as part of a student band during a recording workshop with Haydn Bendall in Abbey Road’s Studio Two.
Alongside his work as a technician Giacomo works as a freelance engineer and producer collaborating with artists including Ben Cipolla, Dreampark, NRG1 and IAKO. Each role has a different approach, with Giacomo aiming to get the sound as near to that which the artists is looking for when he is engineering, whereas he has more creative input when producing.
His focus at the moment is developing a portfolio in both engineering and production, with the longer term aim of joining a recording studio.
Here you can meet a selection of our guest lecturers and industry experts. We invite in highly experienced music industry professionals every year and you’ll get to meet some of the team here during your studies.
Mark Appleby is a world-renowned ADR mixer who has rerecorded dialogue for some of the biggest films and TV shows of the last 20 years. He started his career in the field of sound post-production at the beginning of 2004, when he joined Goldcrest Post Production to assist in ADR and Foley sessions.
He later progressed to the role of Mix Technician and ADR Assistant then in 2007, Appleby became ADR Mix Engineer.
Mark has worked with directors like George Lucas, in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, Tim Burton, in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and Danny Boyle, in “T2 Trainspotting”. He has worked across all sorts of genres, from animation, in films like “Winnie the Pooh” to dramas including “The Iron Lady” and “V for Vendetta”, and action films such as “X-Men: First Class” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”.
He has worked on multiple projects with the director Matthew Vaughn, in the double production “Kingsman”, and Edgar Wright, in “The World’s End” and “Baby Driver”, which received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures, by the Cinema Audio Society.
His recent credits include No time to Die, 1917 and Rocketman, as well as TV shows like The Witcher, The Queen’s Gambit and The Vikings.
If you’re curious to know more about ADR head to our article ‘Audio Post Production Glossary | Top 10 Terms Every Engineer Needs to Know.
Lara Baker is Director of Business Development UK & Ireland at Songtrust, the World’s largest global royalty collection service and publishing administrator. Her role entails securing new business and maintaining relationships with songwriter and publisher clients. Lara has been recognised on Billboard’s 2021 International Power Players List.
Prior to this, Lara spent 14 years advising and supporting independent artists and labels at AIM, the independent label trade association for the UK, before beginning her own company The BKRY, to consult with music organisations and event producers on their strategy and execution. Lara has also consulted for clients including BBC Music Introducing Live, The Great Escape Festival, the Musicians Union, Liverpool Sound City, the Music Managers Forum and AmericanaFest UK.
Lara is a board member of The Americana Music Association UK as well as a frequent speaker at a number of events including TEDx, SXSW, UN Women and Midem. She is also a founding committee member of the Music Week’s Women in Music Awards.
Jerry Barnes has produced, performed and written for artists such as Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Carly Simon, Whitney Houston, Prince, Ashanti, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Christina Aguilera, Raul Midon, Chic, Jota Quest, Katreese Barnes, Bebe Winans, Bette Midler, Nas, AZ., Sting, Empire of the Sun, Jessie J… and many more.
Jerry spends much of his time as the bassist for Nile Rodgers (Chief Creative Advisor at Abbey Road) and the CHIC Organisation, touring internationally all year round. He has produced one of the biggest bands in Brazil (Jota Quest) and produced and written with acclaimed French artist Nina Attal.
In 2018 our students were part of a session with Jerry Barnes, drummer Ralph Rolle, and many of the artists who are part of the CHIC Organisation or a dedicated masterclass in Abbey Road’s Studio One. You can find out more about this session on our blog.
Haydn Bendall is a record producer, engineer and mixer. He was a senior engineer at Abbey Road Studios for more than ten years and in 2009 was awarded the Audio Pro Industry Excellence Award for Best Studio Engineer.
Haydn started his musical career at Orange Studios in Soho in London. He then moved to Abbey Road Studios in 1972 where he joined Ken Townsend’s team as a part-time assistant. One year later he was offered a full-time position and worked there for the next seventeen years.
Haydn has worked on a vast array of albums and soundtracks too numerous to mention. In 1991 Haydn became an independent producer/engineer and comes back to Abbey Road on a regular basis.
Our students have had the opportunity to record with Haydn in Abbey Road’s Studio Two many times and learn from his extensive experience and expertise.
Daniel Boyle has been working in the industry for 17 years. Beginning his career as an in-house engineer for a large commercial studio where he stayed for 6 years before setting up his own studio, to focus on offering analogue mixing; and to be a base for his own productions.
Over the last decade, he has made his name primarily in the Reggae world. Producing and mixing albums for many of the Reggae genres founding artists, such as Max Romeo & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Culminating with a Grammy Nominated album for Lee Perry. As is common in the Reggae world, his production efforts for the likes of Lee Perry, are wholly independent, working on his own releases from inception through to release. Working for an artist directly, arranging, engineering and producing the music, and in many cases releasing it independently also.
For his external client work, Daniel now operates full time out of his home studio, as a Mix engineer. He mixes using vintage analogue equipment, centred around a highly customised SSL 6000G+ Console. His persistence in continuing to use a dusty analogue console and ancient outboard, to mix and provide highly creative dub versions for his clients, has seen his signature dub techniques be employed across a number of genres; from Rock to Afrobeat.
Daniel Boyle gives regular guest lectures for us, where he conducts a session split between the history of Dub music and a practical workshop on Dub mixing techniques. You can find out more about Daniel in this interview on our blog.
Hans-Martin Buff began his career as a recording engineer and music producer in 1993 at Pachyderm Studios, Minnesota, USA, where he started out as a runner, making coffee before progressing to hone his studio skills assisting on projects such as Live’s million-seller “Throwing Copper”.
Hans-Martin worked his way through various local rock’n’roll studios before he found a more permanent home at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios. He became Prince’s personal engineer and worked there for four years. During this period, he wasn’t only responsible for Prince’s recordings, but also for the studio affairs of world-renowned artists, including No Doubt, Chaka Khan and Larry Graham.
Being a native of Germany, Hans-Martin Buff relocated to his home country in 2001, where he continued his career as an independent recording engineer and producer, and where he has since recorded, mixed and produced a host of national and international talent, such as Mousse T., Joss Stone, Zucchero, Eric Burdon, Roachford, Maxi Priest and the Scorpions and more.
Hans-Martin has become an expert in the making of 3D-Audio for headphones, and regularly advises artists and industry professionals on its vast creative possibilities. You can find out more about his work on his website.
Bernard Butler is a musician and producer and a founding member of legendary Britpop band Suede. He has been noted as one of Britain’s most original and influential guitarists and has worked extensively as a producer, making records for The Libertines, Tricky, Duffy, Black Kids, Kate Nash, Nerina Pallot, Teleman, Findlay Brown, Daley, The Cribs, James Morrison, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Texas and Paloma Faith.
Butler has won many awards for work as both an artist and producer including the Producer’s Award at the 2009 BRIT Awards, Producer of the Year at the 2008 Music Managers Forum Awards, and was nominated for Best Producer at the 2009 Music Week Awards.
Bernard regularly visits us to run a songwriting and pre-production masterclass for our students. During these classes, two students’ demos are chosen and under Bernard’s guidance, the students perform and collectively develop them into fully formed songs.
Find out more about Bernard Butler’s masterclasses with our students on our blog.
Trevor Coley is the Managing Director, founder and designer of Sontronics, a British microphone company launched in 2005 and based along the South Coast in Dorset.
Trevor designs, develops and tests all Sontronics’ new products and spends most of his days developing and making microphones as well as managing the global distribution network.
He also works alongside top producers who are part of Sontronics’ beta-testing group; including Flood (U2, Editors and Foals), Paul Epworth (Adele and Coldplay) as well as several engineers at Abbey Road Studios.
Trevor delivers recording workshops focussed on microphone selection and studio set up. You can find out about these workshops on our blog.
Riccardo Damian is an Italian Grammy Award-winning audio engineer/mixer/producer based in London. Passionate about music since childhood, he started his journey at the age of 14 in a studio in Treviso, where he had the opportunity to see and start to learn about audio engineering and get familiar with analog gear, tape machines and vintage microphones.
Eager to pursue a career in audio, Riccardo moved to London in 2012 to study audio engineering. During his student years, he worked as an assistant engineer in several studios, including Red Bull Studios. Shortly before his graduation, Riccardo was offered the opportunity to work for Mark Ronson. He started his career path in the position of In-House Audio Engineer for Mark, working around the world with incredible artists such as Adele, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa and more. In 2016, Riccardo was awarded a Grammy Award in the category “Record of The Year” for his contribution on the song Uptown Funk. After going freelance in 2017, Ricardo has produced, engineered and mixed a variety of projects for artists such as Jorja Smith, Sampha, Sam Smith, Ezra Collective, Yebba, Masterpiece and many more.
Riccardo Damian regularly gives guest lectures and has delivered hands-on recording workshops at Abbey Road where our students have had the chance to record with him and learn from his experience and expertise.
Pete Dowsett is a well respected audio engineer and has worked in many facets of the music industry, including studio engineering, mixing, mastering and live sound. He considers rock production and drum engineering to be his specialities.
He has worked at some of the most well-known studios in the UK, including Metropolis Studios, where he has worked with major artists such as Pharrell, Snoop, Black Eyed Peas, Michael Kiwanuka. Since going freelance Pete has been working at various studios whilst setting up his own studio in Harrow. He has also been engineering for prestigious songwriter/producer Tom Nichols (Kylie Minogue, All Saints, Sugababes).
As a live sound engineer, Pete has toured with Twisted Wheel, Ugly Kid Joe and Fozzy playing all the major festivals. As an in-house engineer, he has worked on front-of-house or monitors for Foals, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dodgy, The Darkness, Chase and Status, Miles Kane, Buzzcocks and Cast.
You can find out more about Pete Dowsett in this interview on our blog.
Stuart Epps is a British record producer and audio engineer. His career in music began in 1967 when he left school and applied to be a runner at Dick James Music in London.
Stuart worked his way up through being a disc cutter/tape copier to an assistant engineer with award-winning record producer Steve Brown. This led to Stuart working with Steve on Elton John’s ‘Lady Samantha’. During that time he became good friends with the still relatively unknown Elton John and Steve Brown who was then acting as his manager. Epps also began working in the demo studio at DJM and in a short time had learned everything he could about it. He produced his first record with a band called ‘Birds of a Feather’, which he did at Trident Studios with Elton John as the session pianist and Rick Wakeman on the keyboards.
Elton John’s next record was his ‘big one’ featuring huge orchestral scores for numbers like ‘Your Song’ and ‘Sixty Years On’. This project saw Epps take on a project management role away from the console working closely with now-legendary Producer Gus Dudgeon at Trident Studios.
In recent years, Stuart has continued to work with big-name artists to great acclaim, as well as helping a host of promising new up-and-coming artists to sound their best.
Andy Farnell is a British computer scientist and electronics engineer who established the field of Procedural Audio. He authored the influential MIT textbook `Designing Sound`, described as the bible of computational sound design. Andy’s role as a systems and signal processing specialist has involved work with prominent artists, directors and developers. His work includes machine learning, signal analysis, search, storage, hardware and software product design.
As a visiting professor at many European Universities and consultant to new media technology companies, Andy is a well known teacher and mentor. He also is one of our guest lectures here at Abbey Road Institute and introduced PureData to our students.
Olga FitzRoy, a renowned recording and mixing engineer and Executive Director at the Music Producers Guild (MPG), has worked with some of the world’s most celebrated composers. Her film and TV scores include The Crown with Martin Phipps, Doctor Who with Segun Akinola, The Mauritanian with Tom Hodges, Gentleman Jack with Murray Gold, and The Innocents with Carly Paradis.
Olga has worked with some of the world’s biggest acts, including Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Muse, and Dua Lipa and Martin Garrix. She was featured by the BBC in their 2018 Woman’s Hour Power series and is a prominent advocate on women’s issues, her campaign for Parental Pay Equality having led to a new bill being debated in Parliament.
In early 2021 Olga made an appearance on the short new documentary, In Ctrl, which shines a light on women’s underrepresentation in music production. Some of which was filmed within our teaching spaces at Abbey Road. To find out more about Olga head to her profile on the AIR Studios website and read her interview in Resolution Mag.
Guy Katsav is a music producer, mix engineer, musician and remixer based in London. His selected credits include mixing a No. 1 album by The View and a Mercury award-nominated album of 2011 Brit award winner Laura Marling. He has engineered for David Guetta, Groove Armada, The Streets, Gossip, Akon, Noah and The Whale, Moby, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Sway, De La soul, among many others.
Guy worked at Soho Recording Studios for nine years and in 2013 launched his own Denmark Street Studios in legendary music hub Denmark street and in 2016 D’arblay Street Studios. His versatile showreel also includes compositions for major commercial brands such as Ribena, Sky and Evian. In recent years he has been working with The Prodigy, Majestic (Kiss Fm), Major Lazer and more.
Guy guest lectures on our Advanced Diploma giving insights into his experience in the industry and how to bring creativity to your work.
You can find out more about his work at Denmark Street Studios here.
John Kurlander is probably best known for his engineering and mixing work on the Lord of the Rings. He took home 3 consecutive Grammys for best score soundtrack album and 3 consecutive TEC awards for best film sound production.
John started out at Abbey Road Studios when he was 16. His first major assignment was to work as the assistant engineer on the Beatles “Abbey Road” LP (which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019) at the request of George Martin and Geoff Emerick. During his time at Abbey Road John recorded a wide variety of pop and rock recordings and then moved on to symphonic orchestras. For EMI Classics, he recorded many of the world’s major orchestras including Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, international performers such as Placido Domingo and Itzhak Perlman, and over 100 Broadway and West End original cast albums. By the early 1980s John Kurlander had become the engineer of choice for many bands recording with orchestras such as Elton John, Toto, Extreme, Everything But The Girl, Greg Lake, Pete Townshend and Ozzy Osbourne.
After he left Abbey Road in 1996 he moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on freelance film scoring and video game soundtracks. His film and video game credits include work with composers Howard Shore, Marco Beltrami (Scream Trilogy, Hurt Locker, I Robot, Logan) and music for a series of Star Wars games, World of Warcraft, Remember Me, Assassin’s Creed, Skyrim and Overwatch to name just a few.
John Leckie started his career at Abbey Road in 1970 working as a tape-operator with legendary artists such as John Lennon, George Harrison, and Syd Barrett before progressing onto engineering duties for Pink Floyd, Wings and Roy Harper amongst others.
In 1976 he became a producer whilst still at Abbey Road making albums with Bebop Deluxe, XTC, The Adverts, Magazine and Simple Minds.
In the 80’s and 90’s he helped launch the careers of two of the most exciting and influential rock bands of all time by producing two of their most significant albums, The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses) & Radiohead (The Bends).
John has also produced and mixed albums for numerous other high profile artists including two albums with Muse, The Verve, Kula Shaker, Cast, The Coral, The Fall, Dr John, Los Lobos, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Baaba Maal and New Order and still works to this day as a much in demand freelance producer. John has won many awards for producing including a Brit, Q Award, Music Week Award and more.
John visits Abbey Road Institute London to talk with our students about his experiences, answer questions and offer advice for getting ahead in the industry.
Steve Lillywhite, CBE is an English record producer. Since he began his career in 1977, Lillywhite has been credited on over 500 records and has collaborated with a variety of musicians including U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Foxton (of The Jam), Big Country, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Morrissey, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Killers, The Pogues, David Byrne, XTC, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Simple Minds, The Psychedelic Furs, Beady Eye, Phish, Counting Crows and Joan Armatrading.
Steve has won six Grammy Awards, including the Producer of The Year in 2006, and was made a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (CBE) in 2012 for his contributions to music.
Julian Marshall is a songwriter, composer, lecturer, and musician with years of experience as both a songwriter and A&R executive. Julian’s early career saw him perform with chart-topping acts Marshall Hain, The Flying Lizards, and Eye to Eye. Julian has worked extensively as a songwriter, producer and session musician. In the 1980s he formed the group Eye to Eye with American songwriter and performer Deborah Berg. The group recorded two classic albums for Warner Brothers produced by Steely Dan producer Gary Katz and a latter-day third album produced by Roxy Music producer Rhett Davies. He has also worked in A&R for Boulevard Records of Los Angeles and became Senior A&R man for Polydor Records, UK.
A new chapter as a composer of longer-form work (Out of the Darkness, The Angel in the Forest) began in 2009 and today songwriting and composition take a central position in his creative life alongside his deep commitment to supporting others through teaching, mentoring and coaching.
Sylvia Massy has been producing, engineering and mixing popular music for decades. She’s renowned for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash and Prince. Having received over 25 gold and platinum records including awards for her work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust and Tom Petty, Sylvia is highly respected for her work.
She’s also an accomplished fine artist, a published columnist, in-demand educator and relentless entrepreneur. Hugely passionate about all things audio, she is an avid collector of microphones and is thought to have the world’s largest collection of vintage microphones. Her visits to Abbey Road, alongside masterclasses with our students, have included documenting the microphones owned by the studio for a new book.
Sylvia has delivered some of our most avant-garde workshops to date, including experimentation with filtering sound through mini Babybel cheese, pickles and a lamp.. you can find out more about Sylvia’s creative studio techniques on our blog.
Mat McKinley worked during the 90’s and early noughties as a free-lance media composer, including stints as an in-house composer for The Music Sculptors, and worked on a multitude of different projects covering TV and radio commercials, animation series, interactive media, exhibitions, theatre, modern dance and voice-overs. His work has been heard on the BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5, Sky and many other national and international satellite and cable networks.
He also spent 20 years teaching in an audio engineering college in London where he wrote the music curriculum. In 2006 he set up Hotwired Music as a platform for his teaching methods. He has authored books on music creativity and hosted masterclasses on accelerated learning, piano improvisation and composition in the UK and around Europe.
Mat also works for the Ecole Des Mines, one of the top engineering and scientific universities in France, coaching students in creativity using music and divergent “out of the box” thinking.
A lifetime interest in how performance is affected by one’s belief mechanisms has led to Mat writing and leading different training workshops and programs for EM Lyon business school, the Chamber of Commerce in France and team led organisations and private business owners throughout the UK, Amsterdam, Jersey and Berlin.
You can read more about Mat, in our blog here.
Raz Olsher is a London-based music producer, songwriter and composer. He works out of Fossil Studios, which he founded in 2009 in Hackney. Raz workes with different artists in different genres like acid jazz, hip hop, soul, electronic, soul and house. He has worked with an array of artists including Gilles Peterson, Lemar, Nathaniel Rateliff, Krust, MJ Cole, Basement Jaxx and Sam Lee. In 2012, he topped the UK charts with Sam & The Womp – Bom Bom, exceeding one million sales worldwide.
Raz is also known on the live dance music circuit, most recently through his live house music collective, aptly named Bassically who craft sophisticated electronic dance music originally programmed by machines using purely live instrumentation. Prior to this, Olsher lead another similar conceptual act named Zej; a live duo creating innovative performances through the use of technology and musical instruments covering genres such as Dubstep, Jungle, House and Electro. They were awarded the BBC Radio 1 New Talent Award for these performances.
Alongside music production, Raz has written for feature length films and documentaries. These include ‘The Last Ten’, ‘The Ninth Cloud’ which was set and filmed in East London and starred French actor Jean Hugh Anglade (Killing Joe/ Nikita) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs/ Kill Bill) & ‘Not Ever’ starring Emilia Fox (The Pianist) featuring original music from Roger O’Donnell (The Cure).
His guest lecturers cover subjects such as the development of his career and production analysis.
Alan Parsons is an audio engineer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He had dabbled with live performance in his late teens as a folk/blues acoustic player and as a lead guitarist with a blues band in the late sixties in London. But as soon as he landed a job at Abbey Road Studios at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.
He worked as assistant engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd‘s classic Dark Side OF The Moon that really got him world attention.
Alan has received a large number of awards including eleven Grammy nominations, The Les Paul Award in 1995 and The Diva Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in Munich, Germany in June 2012.
Geoff Pesche had his first footing in the music industry as a bike messenger for Tape One Studios before moving into the cutting room, which jump-started his career in sound engineering. He went on to work for some of the UK’s top studios including Utopia, Masterpiece and Townhouse Studios before joining Abbey Road Studios as a Mastering Engineer in 2006.
Geoff has mastered albums and singles for top artists including Gorillaz, Kate Nash, Coldplay, Basement Jaxx, Amy MacDonald, Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal. He’s worked with Pulp, Page & Plant, Mike Oldfield, Kenny Thomas, M People, William Orbit, Aphex Twin, Therapy, The Drums, The Divine Comedy, Lily Allen and Blur among many others.
Infamously at Tape One Studios, Geoff cut the vinyl lacquers for the best selling 12″ record of all time – New Order’s iconic Blue Monday, as well as the platinum-selling Dire Straits album Brothers In Arms. He’s also responsible for cutting the most played radio record of all time, Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. Geoff hosts lectures in mastering in his room at Abbey Road for each of our classes. Find out more about the mysteries of mastering on our blog.
Ray Pope joined Universal Music in September 2015 after studying popular and world music at Leeds University. As a musician and a musical graduate she always saw herself in a creative role in the industry. After working in front line label talent acquisition she realised she had found her ideal role – helping people to find their dream job in an industry that means so much to so many.
In her spare time Ray still performs regularly at Ronnie Scott’s and with a hip hop brass band called Brassroots which helps enhance her understanding of the world she is recruiting into.
Ray has given guest lecturers at Abbey Road Institute on topics such as CV writing, how to get into the music industry and how best to prepare for the world of work after graduating. Our students had the chance to ask her questions and gain advice on where to find the best jobs and what recruiters like Ray look for in a CV.
As a teenager, Paul Pritchard played guitar in bands in and around his hometown of Bristol and this introduced him to the art of recording. He saved up for a four-track cassette recorder and has never looked back. In 2007 Paul joined Abbey Road in a placement scheme from the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey. After graduating in 2009, Paul was invited to become a permanent fixture at Abbey Road Studios.
Since then Paul worked as an assistant / pro tools engineer on a great number of projects across a wide range of genres. His credits include pop and rock sessions with, the Arctic Monkeys, Chas and Dave, Sting, Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Sigur Ros, Take That, Birdy, Elbow. He has also done live studio sessions with Paolo Nutini, Alt J, Blondie; film music sessions for Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Les Mis, Unbroken, San Andreas; and classical sessions with Villazon/Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Paul is now Senior Recordist at Abbey Road and works as both a recording and mixing engineer. He gives guest lectures on his experience and knowledge gained through his work at the worlds most famous recording studios. Watch an interview with Paul and Andrew Dudman on our blog.
Ian Ramage started his music career in manufacturing & production, before finding his way into the business proper from a pressing plant into Polydor Records. He progressed through product management and marketing roles to Director of Marketing at EMI, working with Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Diana Ross, to mention just a few.
He then made the move to publishing A&R, enjoying 12 years at BMG, then a further 2 at Sony ATV, working with a broad spectrum of artists and writers including; Coldplay, Keane, Richard Hawley, Neil Hannon, Feist, Elvis Costello, The Cure.
Ian serves as VP, repertoire & marketing, UK for BMG, working with a number of fine creative musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, British Sea Power and Sparks. In his role at BMG, Ian ensures UK musicians get proper exposure to the US market.
Learn more about Ian in his interview on our blog.
Marcello Ruggiu is an Ableton Certified Trainer and an established music producer and sound engineer. He’s the author of Ableton Live: ‘Triucchi e segreti’ or ‘Tricks and Secrets’ which deep dives into how he built his own sounds in an original way within the Ableton Live sequencer, showcasing an innovative starting point for using this DAW.
Marcello’s passion for electronic music has led him to work with many musicians and artists as a programmer, remixer, sound designer, ghost producer, and also a performer. He has played on stages at Womad, Glastonbury and for Sofar Sounds supporting Aka George. More recently he’s been recording and performing with his solo project, Amousement, at many festivals around Europe and the UK, the last show being the Strawberry Festival in 2019. In 2020 Marcello worked on the main stage of the Bangface festival as a visual performer.
He also co-hosts the CRUX AV series of events hosting live audiovisual electronic music performances. His experience of event organisaion for the CRUX series has led him to learn visual programming and work as a visual artist as well as a music producer and performer.
Marta Salogni is a Producer and Mixer Engineer based in London. She started out working as a live sound engineer in Brescia (Italy) for the local social centre and independent radio station Radio Onda D’Urto on a variety of gigs, festivals, and theatre productions.
After moving to London in 2010 she studied at Alchemea College of Audio Engineering, learning Pro Tools and then started assisting at Strongroom and Rak studios. During this time, she assisted David Wrench and with him worked on various projects including Frank Ocean, The xx, Goldfrapp, Sampha, FKA Twigs, Glass Animals and David Byrne. In 2018, she won Breakthrough Engineer of the Year at the MPG Awards, and in 2019 she engineered Grammy-nominated album ‘i,i’ by Bon Iver.
Marta now produces and mixes from her own studio in London Fields. Some of the artists she’s worked with are Björk, Sampha, M.I.A., Methyl Ethel, Holly Herndon, Shura, Alex Cameron, Planningtorock, Lafandwah, Yak and The Orielles. Find out more about Marta Salogni in this interview on our blog.
Andrew Scheps is a Grammy-award winning mix engineer whose credits read like a who’s who of popular music. He mixed four tracks on Adele’s Grammy-winning album, 21, and engineered and mixed songs on Red Hot Chili Peppers albums I’m with You and Stadium Arcadium. He has collaborated frequently with producer Rick Rubin. Scheps has worked with Jay-Z, U2, Justin Timberlake, Green Day, Metallica, and many others.
During his masterclass with our students, Andrew walks our students through one of his masterful mixes revealing his techniques and workflow. His classes include an extensive Q&A which give the students the opportunity to dig into his wealth of experience and knowledge. Read more on our blog with Andrew here
Ken Scott is a British record producer/engineer widely known for being one of the five main engineers for the Beatles, as well as engineering Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Duran Duran, the Jeff Beck Group and many more. As a producer, Scott is noted for his work with David Bowie (on Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pinups), Supertramp (Crime of the Century and Crisis? What Crisis?), Devo, Kansas, the Tubes, Ronnie Montrose on Gamma 1, Level 42, among many others.
Ken has received a Clio award and two Grammy nominations for best-engineered pop album. In 2010, he was presented a fellowship award by the Association of Professional Recording Services.
As well as his guest lectures at Abbey Road Institute he is also a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University specialising in production.
Stephen Sedgwick is a Grammy-nominated mix engineer based at Studio 13 in West London, and best known for his work with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz. His career began in 2002 at London’s Pierce Rooms. It was at Pierce Rooms in 2004, while working on the second Gorillaz studio album Demon Days, where Stephen first met Damon Albarn. In 2006, Damon invited Stephen to work at Studio 13 and in 2010 he was appointed as Head Engineer.
Stephen has recorded and mixed each of Damon’s albums and music projects since 2010. He has received multiple Grammy nominations and has worked with artists including Amy Winehouse, Blur, Bobby Womack, Chaka Khan, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Lana Del Rey, Lou Reed, Major Lazer, Massive Attack, Mura Masa, Rex Orange County, Snoop Dogg, The Clash, Tony Allen. Most recently he mixed Gorillaz latest project ‘Song Machine’ which was released to critical acclaim in 2020. Stephen talks about much of his work including the Gorillaz project during his masterclasses with our students. Find out more about our guest lecturers on our blog.
Nick Sheldon is a producer and writer who began his career at Sarm Studios in 2008, where he gained production and engineering credits on many records, most notably Jamiroquai’s Rock Dust Light Star album in 2010, Take That, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Shakira, Coldplay plus many more.
Nick also worked as a Label Manager for Calvin Harris’s Fly Eye label giving him valuable experience and insights into the business side of things, he then went on to work on his solo career as ‘Sheldon’ which has risen in success over the past 8 years. His achievements from this include, becoming a resident at Ministry of Sound from 2012 to 2016, a compilation album for Ministry of Sound gaining top 40 iTunes success worldwide, and touring the globe as a DJ, supporting Calvin Harris, Avicii, Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia to name a few.
After working with many different writers in 2019, credits which are due to arrive in late 2020 include, Kelly Rowland, Galantis, Don Diablo, Becky Hill, Disciples, Chris Malinchak, Kelli-Leigh, Wanyi, Medusa, Embody, Camen Cox, Karen Harding, Skunk Anansie, Tensnake, Tiggi Hawke, Jem Cooke, Leftwing & Kody feat Leo Stanard, Lova, Caitlyn Scarlett, Gary Barlow, Grammy-winning Victoria Horn and many more. Plus a new project with Grammy-winning Paul Harris named Pan!ck which has just signed to Ultra Records US. For more about Nick visit his Instagram.
Mirek Stiles started working at Abbey Road Studios as a recording engineer in 1998, working on a diverse range of projects including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Beatles Anthology, Muse, Kanye West, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Paul McCartney.
Today, Mirek runs the studio’s Audio Products department leading the development of a range of software and hardware releases based on Abbey Road’s historic recording IP with partners Waves Audio and Chandler Limited. Mirek also sits on the board and acts as an advisor on the Abbey Road Red incubation programme and is currently exploring and experimenting with Spatial Audio over headphones, ambisonics, spatial microphone arrays and game engine workflow. Recent projects include collaborations with film and video game composer Stephen Barton, joint research with the University of York and the University of Huddersfield and chairing the Abbey Road Spatial Audio Forum, bringing together members from gaming, broadcast, VR, music production and film.
Diane Wagg owns Deluxxe Management and Ideal Music Productions and is Chairman of the Music Manager’s Forum (MMF UK). She’s managed the international careers of numerous artists signing them to Major and Independent labels and run self-releasing artist businesses. A regular panellist on artist management and development, she is also an assessor for music business degree courses.
Her roster has included Brit/Ivor nominated Triple Platinum act, Scouting for Girls, Beth Orton, Republica, Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Rialto, Touriste, Lockdown Project and Sunhouse. Emerging artists include Cortney Dixon, Diives and Nik Lloyd.
Diane started out in A & R at EMI Records before working with Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy. Prior to setting up her own artist management companies, she was Director of record producer Tony Visconti’s (David Bowie, T.Rex, The Boomtown Rats) group of companies and managed Visconti’s Good Earth Recording Studios (now Dean Street Studios) in London.
Diane is a guest speaker at Abbey Road Institute and lectures on artist management and development within the evolving music industry.
Multi award-winning Record Producer and Recording Engineer Peter Walsh has been the man behind the console for a mountain of hit records encompassing many different musical styles from around the world. Peter began his career at London’s Utopia Studios working with Stevie Wonder, The Tubes, Spandau Ballet and The Boomtown Rats amongst others. After a breakthrough producing Simple Minds fifth album New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), he went on to be one of the most in-demand producers of the 80’s working Peter Gabriel, The Church, and Scott Walker with whom he would go on to work with for over 30 years. He has co-produced every Scott Walker release since 1984’s Climate Of Hunter.
In addition to his role as producer and engineer in the studio, Peter has been the man of choice for countless projects in the live performance arena. As well as producing, recording and mixing over 12 award-winning, multi-platinum selling live CDs and DVDs, Peter has enjoyed touring with Amnesty International, Peter Gabriel (Secret World Live), and has worked with Scott Walker as Sound Producer at The Royal Opera House, The Barbican Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and at the Festival Hall in London.
Peter regularly visits Abbey Road Insitute to talk about his career journey and to give our students tips about navigating the industry. He also runs practical mixing and guitar recording masterclasses. Peter’s infectious personality ensure that classes are always fun, inspiring not to mention insightful.
Moritz Wanger is an award-winning composer, specialising in writing and producing bespoke music for film, television and games.
Since graduating with his Master’s Degree in Composing for Screen from the National Film and Television School, Moritz has scored numerous films, Royal Television Award-nominated programmes, documentaries, games and advertisements for the likes of Mercedes, Audi, DJI, Roald Dahl and luxury watchmakers Bremont. He has also been commissioned to produce work for labels such as Ninja Tune, Musicbed and BMG Germany.
Moritz’s films have both won and been nominated for a variety of awards, and have screened at film festivals around the world, including Sheffield Doc Fest, Canadian International Fashion Film Festival, Jackson Wild, Encounters Film Festival and Spark Animation. Besides his film work, he stays occupied writing music for a piano project he launched in late 2020 under the artist name Regnør.
Jonas Westling is a Grammy-nominated Swedish born mixing and recording engineer based in London. He moved to London in 2004 to study at the Guitar Institute, where he initially had plans of pursuing a career as a studio musician. Following studying Jonas worked at Metropolis Studios as an assistant and engineer before going freelance, which he has done for the past 11 years.
Over his career, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry from Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Melanie C and James Arthur to Newton Faulkner and Gabrielle Aplin. Jonas has worked with major label artists as well as independent artists and believes having a good understanding of the music you’re mixing is the key element to consistently delivering professional sounding results. He received a Grammy nomination for vocal engineering/recording on Lady gaga’s track ‘Dance In the Dark’ which was on The Fame Monster album.
He says of his approach “Every song requires its own thorough process. Each track is unique and deserving of respect. It’s all about the emotional quality, energy, and vibe of the music that needs to shine, not the technical aspects, and I will do whatever is needed to serve that song. Getting people to connect with the song – that is the main goal. If they feel it – you’ve done your job!’
Christian Wright started off in the copy rooms at Abbey Road Studios before he graduated to the role of Mastering Engineer. He has since gone on to master award-winning No.1 albums as well as soundtracks to No.1 films from both sides of the Atlantic.
Some of the biggest and respected names in music have had their albums mastered by Christian, including Ed Sheeran, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, Soft Hair, Kate Tempest, Bears Den, Keane, and Ben Frost. His skills in soundtrack production have been employed on the Oscar-winning Gravity (No.1 in the USA and UK) composed by Steven Price, two Harry Potter films and The Master – composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
Christian’s musical interests aren’t limited to mastering. He still plays live in a band (performing at festivals like Secret Garden Party), records as a multi-instrumentalist, avidly collects analogue gear from synths to outboard, and regularly records and mixes tracks, making him truly involved and helping him understand every aspect of the music creation process.
Aamir Yaqub is a London based Producer, Grammy Award-winning engineer, and writer specialising in Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul and Pop music. Aamir’s sound bears heavy influence from his iconic idols and contemporary visionaries alike.
Aamir worked extensively at Metropolis Studios, London, where he collaborated with a number of respected Grammy Award-winning artists, producers and engineers. He has worked with high profile acts including Rihanna, David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Sia and Will.I.Am, as well as with major labels and brands.
As an artist, Aamir takes his influences from a variety of genres from Rock and Bollywood to Jazz and credits legends such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye as his main inspirations. Working in London, Aamir has supported local talent, not only as a producer but as a mentor as well, helping them to invent, brand and shape their musical personas and sound. His career is set to flourish; his innovation as a producer and energy as a songwriter, backed by his technical nous, continues to be recognised by some of the industries most prominent and visionary musicians and professionals.
Martin Glover, known by his stage name Youth is a record producer and a founding member and bassist of Killing Joke and a member of the Fireman, along with Paul McCartney.
Youth is most famous for being the bass player in Killing Joke. In 1989, Youth and Alex Paterson started the WAU! Mr. Modo label. In the early nineties, Youth formed techno and house music duo Blue Pearl together with American singer Durga McBroom. They scored a handful of hit singles including their blue vinyl debut “Naked in the Rain“, which reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.
Youth’s Butterfly Records label has produced artists such as Take That, Wet Wet Wet, Tom Jones, The Orb, System 7, Maria McKee and Heather Nova. Youth was the co-producer of The Verve‘s Urban Hymns and Dolores O’Riordan‘s ‘Are You Listening?’. He has worked, produced and remixed with many artists including Kate Bush, Guns N’ Roses, Primal Scream, Embrace, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Crowded House, U2, Bananarama, INXS, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd and The Charlatans.
He is credited with founding the first psychedelic trance record label, Dragonfly Records, as well as the Liquid Sound Design and Kamaflage Records labels. Youth has received numerous awards over the years including Soundedits’s The Man with the Golden Ear Award and the PPL Music Producers Guild Lifetime Achievement award.
The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.
Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.
There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.
I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.
The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.
It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!
Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.