KCC Music Student Wins Top Award

Leo Stewart and Bobby Demers

Kensington and Chelsea College music student Leo Stewart won industry praise following his success at Access to Music’s UK Music Student Awards.

The talented 22-year-old composer and producer scooped the top award from Access to Music in the category ‘Best Student Awards From Partner Colleges’.

The awards celebrate, identify and support new talent within music education and was held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool in front of hundreds of UK music students and high-profile industry guests.

Leo, who studied on a Level 3 Digital Musicians course at the college, was nominated by his tutor Bobby Demers.

‘I had no idea I’d been put forward for the award!’, said Leo. ‘I felt really proud when I found out as it’s for something I feel really passionate about. Music means everything to me.’

Speaking about his love of music Leo, from Kensal Rise, said: ‘When I was 10 I got a piece of music software called Wavelab and started recording songs with friends. Eventually I decided to do it professionally, and for myself. I now write, compose and produce my own tracks.’

The gifted musician hopes to one day have his own studio. ‘Running my own studio and producing hip-hop tracks for urban artists in that studio is the ultimate dream’, said Leo.

Speaking about his course he added: ‘I was really impressed with my course and enjoyed being in a class of like-minded people who I could share and discuss ideas with. The course developed me a lot. In fact, I listened to the music I was producing before I was on the course, and compared it to the stuff I did after my course – you can really notice the difference. The music I produce now sounds more professional. My skills and production quality are also noticeably better. The course has also helped me do more collaborative work with people because as soon as I say I’ve done my Level 3 it gives me more opportunities. People know that at that level I know my stuff.’

Kensington and Chelsea College’s thriving Music Department has links to some of the industry’s best known names, including music technology giants Steinberg who recently selected the college to become one of their internationally recognised training centres.

In addition to music courses the college also offers a range of music apprenticeships, as well as work closely with industry employers including Deep Recording Studios and Samurai Sound to identify job roles and skills gaps in their business which can be filled by apprentices.

If you are a small to medium music business did you know you can now claim a government backed grant of up to £15,000 when you take on apprentices through Kensington and Chelsea College.

For more information about music apprenticeships or to enquire about the grant please contact the college’s KCC works team on 0207 573 5322.