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Tuesday 4 February 2014

World's top drummer visits Solent university

One of the world’s top drummers will be visiting Southampton Solent this February to share his skills and ground breaking technology as part of a special series of drum clinics being hosted by the University.

Craig Blundell will take centre stage in the University’s state-of-the-art television studio, to demonstrate techniques, talk technology and discuss his career, on Thursday 20 February at 7pm.

During a career spanning more than 30 years, Craig has become an ambassador for British drumming on the international circuit.  His services are in high demand and he is regularly recording and performing live for well-known artists, including King Crimson and Deep Purple.

Before turning professional, Craig served with HM Royal Marines Band Service, during which time he composed many original pieces. He is the BBC’s drummer of choice and plays at shows and drum festivals across the globe.

Drummers, session musicians and DJs are set to benefit from Craig’s knowledge and experience. As well as students from Solent and the University’s partner colleges, members of the public are also invited to attend for a small entry fee.

Paul Rutter, Programme Leader for the University’s Popular Music Scheme highlights the importance of the clinics: “These events are proving increasingly popular with both students and local musicians. As well as enhancing the learning experience of students at the University, we are giving local college students and musicians the opportunity to benefit from the talent, knowledge and advice on offer from some of the world’s top drummers.”

Craig joins a growing list of music legends who are taking part in the drum clinics at Solent University. Last October, Gerald Heyward, session drummer for legends Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Jay Z, flew in from the USA. This was followed by a demonstration of advanced drum techniques by one of the UK’s most respected drummers, Neal Wilkinson.

The drum clinics are free to Solent and partner college students but members of the public will need to email lawrence.wills@solent.ac.uk to register a place beforehand and pay an admission fee of £5 on the door. The evening starts at 7pm at Solent Studio, Southampton Solent University, John Millais Building, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN.