Music Courses in the UK
Music Degrees, Diplomas and Teacher Training
BIMM is a music college that offers fully accredited, intensive music courses in Brighton for individuals who are committed to a career in music or the music industry. We offer a range of music degrees and diplomas as well as music teacher training courses for Higher and Further Education. All tutors at BIMM are highly skilled in their specialist area and remain actively engaged with the contemporary music industry.
In addition to our superb teaching spaces, with full PA and backline, we have put together a comprehensive collection of pro-vintage and modern equipment for all specialisms, with which the musicians at BIMM are encouraged to develop their own style and innovative approaches.
Teaching at BIMM is comprised of group learning sessions in specialist groups and in live performance workshops with other musicians. All students are also encouraged to book regular one-to-one tutorials to discuss their skills development and their long and short term career goals. This gives a unique opportunity for our students to be individually guided by the most experienced industry professionals in the country.
BIMM has recently introduced rehearsal facilities for students around the teaching timetable. We also have availability at a rehearsal studio in Brighton. Rehearsal facilities are offered on a first come first serve basis.
BIMM Brighton opened in 2001 and this year celebrates its 10th birthday. It has three main buildings known as BIMM East, BIMM West and BIMM House. BIMM House opened in September 2009 and boasts stunning new facilities. Live performance classes are also delivered in local live programme venues. Brighton was selected as the base for our first college because of the vibrant music and arts scene, availability of gigs, studios, record labels and artists - plus it's great to be by the sea.
(Temporary) Admissions Assistant. CLICK HERE to download the full job description
Please send all cover letters and CVs to Lisa Wadham: [email protected]
Deadline for submissions: 12pm, Tuesday 3rd Dec 2013
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 4th December 2013
Vaseema Hamilton (MA) - Principal
Vaseema manages all aspects of BIMM’s administration and curriculum delivery through our management team. She trained as a visual artist and ran her own studio for a number of years before moving into Arts education. Vaseema has taught at all levels, from Level 2 through to A Level, Foundation Studies and BA (Hons). As well as an extensive teaching and curriculum development background, Vaseema has over 15 years experience as a manager in Creative and Performing Arts education. Before joining BIMM she was Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning, at City College, Brighton and Hove. This role gave her the opportunity to work closely with BIMM in setting up the college and with all of BIMM’s key strategic partners in Sussex. These include: University of Sussex, City College, Central Sussex College and the Learning and Skills Council. Vaseema is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of the student creative and academic experience at BIMM is second to none and this year will be focusing on staff development for all BIMM’s tutors and on developing the tutorial programme.
Adam Bushell - College Manager - Brighton
As College Manager at BIMM Brighton, it’s Adam’s job to ensure that the Brighton management team is working effectively to deliver the best possible student experience and cutting-edge curriculum. Having begun his career at BIMM as Head of Drums when it started in 2002, he’s been a mainstay of the college since day one. A professional musician of over 20 years, Adam's drumming has earned him extensive touring, recording, West End theatre, television and radio credits with artists as diverse as Public Symphony, Sam Brown, Braund Reynolds, Freak Power, Martha Reeves and Faithless. Having written and recorded for Rhythm magazine since 2002, he's also a highly regarded drum teacher and music industry educator.”
Mark Irwin MA - Assistant Principal – HE & Quality
With over 18 years experience as a Freelance Sound Engineer and Producer, working across all areas of the discipline from live and broadcast audio to studio and post-production projects.
Mark cut his teeth ‘on the road’, as an audio engineer and went on to work as a studio engineer and producer. In the early 1990’s, he became Managing Director of west London’s Straylight Studios working with record companies such as Creation, Sony, Chrysalis, PolyGram and EMI. During this period Mark also worked as a freelance engineer for the Hothouse Flowers, Joe Strummer and David Gray, to name but a few. Since 1998 Mark has been closely involved with music education working at the University of West London in the London College of Music (LCM) for 12 years. In 2008 he Joined BIMM as Head of Higher Education. Mark is an active researcher and in 2007 he was awarded the title of Visiting Research Fellow (LCM). He is currently researching the informal pedagogy associated with popular musicians.
Loraine Pearson - PA to the Principal & Tutor Administrator
Loraine is responsible for the administration of the FE provision. Her duties include responsibility for the administration of all students’ academic and financial records, maintaining good communications with partner colleges and local government offices on funding issues and changes to learner agreements. She also works very closely with the Principal as her PA.
Scott McGill - BA (Hons) Course Leader
Proclaimed “The Thinking Man’s Yngwie Malmsteen” by celebrated jazz and fusion author/critic Bill Milkowski, Scott McGill has been playing guitar for over 28 years. His career started at 19 years old as lead guitarist for RCA recording artist Robert Hazard (Girls Just Want To Have Fun). His formal training includes a BM in Jazz Performance/Composition from Temple University, USA, and ten years of study with legendary composer/theorist Dennis Sandole (teacher of John Coltrane and Pat Martino among others). He then went on to win critical acclaim as a leader of prog rock/fusion bands The Hand Farm and Finneus Gauge. As a solo artist Scott has led, recorded, and toured in bands featuring legendary bassist Michael Manring, keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theatre) and iconic bassist Percy Jones (Brand X) as well as Grammy-winning producers Neil Kernon and David Torn. As a teacher, Scott was Senior Lecturer of Jazz Guitar at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, USA. He continues to earn critical praise for his playing and music.
Tony Shepherd - Higher Education Programmes Manager
Tony is a professional drummer, percussionist and keyboard player. His work includes performances with Oasis on BBC TV’s Later With Jools Holland, with Boo Hewerdine at Ronnie Scott’s and at The South Bank Centre as part of PRS Songwriting Week 2002. He achieved worldwide record sales of 200,000 as a songwriter and performing member of The Bible. His experience includes co-writing, recording and promoting three major label albums, review writing for the music press, session work and extensive TV, radio and live appearances in the UK and abroad. He co-wrote the songs Glorybound, to which a chapter of Nick Hornby’s recent book 31 Songs is devoted, and Honey Be Good which is featured in the film Fever Pitch.
Martin Wright - Education Manager
Martin started as a drum tutor for BIMM in 2006 and moved into the creative and academic subjects teaching LPW, Music Teaching Practice and Deputy Head of Songwriting up until he took on the role as Education Manager. This new role ensures the BIMM balance is maintained by managing the tutors, Heads of Departments, Further Education programs and summer school coordination, whilst developing the high standards of teaching and learning in the college as part of the Post Graduate teaching team. His musical career has been varied and extensive since graduating from Brunel University in 1993 with diverse talents’ leading him to play drums, sing, write and produce for many top artists over the last two decades. He continues to expand his extensive touring and studio experience with artists such as Dani Wilde and The Weight. Other credits include; Ronnie Wood, Slash, Mick Jagger, Beverly Knight, Natalie Imbruglia, Andrea Corr, Days of Worth, Reef, The Black Swan Effect, Procol Harem, John Lord, Kubb, Shea Seger and Radar.
Jon Stewart - Senior Academic Lecturer
Jon was the lead guitarist and songwriter for 90s Britpop stars Sleeper, enjoying three UK top-five albums and nine UK top-40 singles. Jon has also written and recorded with artists such as KD Lang and Mel C, and has played sessions for multi-hit record producers Stephen Street (Blur) and Damian LeGassick (Madonna). Jon writes a long-running column on the music business for Guitarist magazine, and also works as a music supervisor for film and TV projects. At BIMM, Jon is Senior Academic Lecturer and is available for one-to-one tutorials.
Mel Thornton - Head of Industry Liaison and Careers
Mel generates work placements and work-based learning opportunities for students at BIMM using contacts gained from over 13 years in the industry. She is available for tutorials for students of all courses at BIMM to discuss career planning, developing a CV or gaining entry into the music industry. Mel is also a useful contact for students looking to gain exposure for their music in the media as she is a specialist in PR. She worked with the band All Saints and managed their PR for three years before moving to BMG to work with Simon Cowell on Five and other major pop acts. After two years at Way To Blue, the UK’s leading music, film and game online PR company as Head of Press (Travis, Badly Drawn Boy, Basement Jaxx, The Streets) Mel moved to Brighton and set up Stay Gold PR, developing rock acts, consulting to BMG on Avril Lavigne and Pink, as publicist for Guilfest in 06 and managing the PR campaign for the first Great Escape festival in Brighton before joining BIMM as a full-time member of staff.
Bobby Lambkin-Williams - Management Accountant
Bobby is a part-qualified accountant and graduated from the University of Brighton in Accounting and Astrophysics. During his studies Bobby became a popular DJ for University Radio Falmer and spent several years as an indie DJ in London and Brighton. He enjoys playing guitar, martial arts, sailing, and running half marathons.
Richard Cousins - Senior Finance Manager
Richard has over 15 years finance experience working across a range of sectors, including Sussex University and more recently a Learning & Development consultancy in London. Richard’s main focus is on providing financial management to a range of projects across the group, and providing general support to the finance department. He has a wide variety of interest including travel, sport and going to gigs.
Chris Scott - Management Accountant
Chris is a Management Accountant based at BIMM Brighton. He is a qualified chartered Financial Analyst and finalist ACCA student and has previous experience working as a Financial Analyst in the investment banking industry in London. In addition he also has a degree in physics and astrophysics and is a keen entrepreneur, founding Brighton Skateboards in 2011. In his spare time Chris enjoys live music, travel and water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing and in the past has spent 2 years teaching windsurfing across Europe and the Caribbean.
Serina Simpson - Finance Assistant
Serina is one of BIMMs finance assistants, providing information and assistance to students and staff. Serina graduated from the University of Creative arts where she studied fashion design, she has now gone on to study her AAT. She enjoys playing the keyboard is currently learning to speak mandarin.
Josie Blacknell - Head of Admissions
Josie is the first point of call for any applicants wishing to apply to BIMM Brighton or BIMM Bristol. Her main role is to ensure that applicants are booked in for assessments promptly and support them in all aspects of their application. She is able to help with any questions relating to the admission processes; how to apply, course details, UCAS applications, costs, accommodation and open day information. Josie is qualified in Special Effect and Theatrical Make-Up, achieving A Levels at Sussex Downs College. Josie has a love for all kinds of music, especially progressive/post rock, blues, electronica and drum and bass.
Amy Scott - Recruitment and Admissions Assistant
Amy is the Recruitment and Admissions Assistant, based with the rest of the R&A team at BIMM East. She is your first point of contact will all R&A enquiries and assists students in their day to day queries and concerns. She is also a great music enthusiast and loves the live music scene which makes Brighton and BIMM a perfect place to be.
Hannah Irving - Recruitment and Admissions Assistant
Hannah is the Recruitment and Admissions Assistant and is based at BIMM East. Hannah gives administrational support to the Heads of Admission and Recruitment and deals with all course enquiries and brochures. Hannah loves anything creative. She regularly goes to gigs and events with up-and-coming bands and enjoys going to music festivals. Hannah graduated in BA Hons in Writing Fashion and Culture at Southampton Solent University.
Laurence Tritton - Admissions Assistant
Laurence is part of the Admissions team based at BIMM North. Supporting the Head of Admissions, Laurence assists with all aspects of the admissions process from initial enquiries, course information, assessments and enrolment. Graduating from BIMM in 2008 with an Honours Degree specialising in bass, Laurence now plays in local DIY punk band Broker.
Angelique Smith - Head of Student Services and Quality
Angelique spent four years studying Fashion Promotion and Communication at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and went on to work with several glossy magazines. She then moved into the music business through styling. Angelique also has a strong educational administrative background. As Head of Student Services, Angelique oversees all the student support and customer service aspects of the College. As Head of Quality, Angelique manages all quality procedures including the monitoring retention, achievement, success and student satisfaction as we aim to improve these vital quality indicators
Anton Rogers - QSS Officer Cert HE
As Quality and Student Support Officer, Anton’s role is to ensure that students receive the support needed to be successful whilst studying at BIMM. Anton moved to Brighton after completing his BA in London and loves the atmosphere and diversity of Brighton. He has a wide variety of interests including travel, food, languages, photography and many different genres of music.
Kalee Jones - Student Support Officer BA2, BA3, PGCert & Level 2
Kalee works within the Quality and Student Services team as a Student Support Officer for the Level 2 and BA Year 2 and 3 courses. Kalee moved to Brighton from Berkshire in 2011. She has worked in the Education sector for the past 6 years, and spent 2 years working at ACM. Outside of work, Kalee is a keen crafter and can often be found selling her handmade wares in the city’s local craft markets. She has a wide and varied musical taste and loves going to festivals and local gigs.
Louisa Thomas - Student Support Officer - Further Education & Foundation Degree
Louisa is the Student Support Officer for the Diploma, Professional Diploma and Foundation Degree students. Her role is to ensure that students receive the support needed to be successful whilst studying at BIMM. She feels Brighton has the best music scene for new and upcoming bands, and loves going to festivals and live music gigs around the city. Louisa graduated in BA Hons in Criminology & Psychology at Brighton University in 2010 and in her spare time enjoys keeping fit and playing for Brighton Netball Club.
Ella Kempton - Examinations Officer
Ella is the Assessment and Examinations Officer for BIMM Brighton and part of the Student Services team. She works closely with our curriculum teams and administrative team within Further and Higher Education. She is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of all BIMM examinations. Ella moved to Brighton 6 years ago to study at the University of Brighton and graduated with a degree in Dance, Music and Theatre, and enjoys the Brighton live music and arts scene. She is musical herself and plays the flute to a high level.
Alice Wilmott - Exams Assistant
Alice graduated from the University of Brighton where she studied art and then worked in London for 4 years. She joined BIMM in April 2012 having moved back to Brighton. She enjoys the creative atmosphere of the city and in her spare time she likes to practice art and craft, garden and is an avid reader. She became part of the Exams team in February 2013 and can be contacted for Exams and Assessment related queries.
Rhian Bowley - Higher Education Administrator
Rhian works closely with the Higher Education Team & Student Support, managing student data & arranging Exam Boards. She has more than 15 years experience of working in Higher Education, having worked at several universities across the UK. She’s been a regular on the live music & arts scene since she was old enough to sneak into bars, & loves Brighton for its gigs, shops & arty goodness.
Brían McNamara - Head of International Development
Brían is the Head of International Development for BIMM and is responsible for international student recruitment and partnership development.
Brían joined BIMM in November 2013 from the University of Sussex where he spent three years focusing on student recruitment and development activities in East Asia. Over the last 10 years, he has worked on education management and development projects in over 20 countries. Brían holds a Degree in Business Management and a Masters in International Business Management.
Brían is also the lead singer and guitarist with Brighton based alt-folk act Warsaw Radio. Since moving to the UK in 2010 he has been actively involved in the Brighton music scene and has hosted showcase events for emerging artists during the Brighton Fringe Festival and Great Escape Festival.
Nic Ledger - Marketing Manager
Nic is responsible for the overall marketing of BIMM Brighton, Bristol and Manchester, developing new online and digital promotional possibilities and overseeing both the BIMM website and social media presence.
Nic’s background is in education marketing and video production. Outside of work he keeps fit and healthy by playing for a local darts team and enjoying the pleasures of 70s punk music. Nic is still very excited at having met Marky Ramone in his first week working at BIMM.
Tom Beck - Promotional Events Manager
Tom manages external promotional events for BIMM, from schools and college tours to UCAS events and trade shows. His previous experience includes performing with and co-managing eccentric Brighton funksters Mean Poppa Lean, who regularly toured the UK and Europe, played festivals including V and Isle of Wight, supported Calvin Harris, Feeder, Example and Caribou and were supported by the likes of the Rizzle Kicks! His gig highlights include the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Koko and a surprising Hollyoaks performance.
Tom graduated from BIMM with a 1st Class Honours in 2010, and during his studies completed work experience at companies including RCA, Duff Press and ie:music, as well as working in music PR and with Brighton education providers heading up employment schemes before joining BIMM. Tom regularly performs as a session and function musician and freelances as a tour manager and booking agent.
Nicky Williams - Promotional Events Assistant
Nicky is a member of the Promotional Events team; she helps co-ordinate the schools tours, UCAS and trade shows and external events promoting BIMM.
She is the lead singer of all-girl rock/metal band Vier whose members have all graduated BIMM. The band have embarked on three successful tours and played at Hard Rock Hell V alongside bands such as Orange Goblin and Therapy?
She has been working in music and arts education for the past 7 years, having previously worked at the BFI in London. Nicky has been living in Brighton for five years, she loves the local music scene and regularly attends gigs.
Clare Hume - Marketing Assistant
Clare is the Marketing Assistant based at BIMM North. She provides support for the Marketing department, focusing on marketing, events and social media. Clare has a degree in Occupational Therapy and is a qualified Complementary Therapist and previously worked for the NHS. She loves music and enjoys playing the guitar, drums and going to gigs. She also enjoys sport including running and rock climbing.
Wendy Law - Head of Events & Guests
Wendy has worked exclusively in the music industry since she was 16 years old, at various major record companies including BMG/RCA, Universal/MCA, Universal/Island and Warner Music. She has also worked on the management side with bands like Massive Attack and at Live Nation. As BIMM’s Head of Events & Guests, she is responsible for arranging BIMM’s internal live gigs, as well as Graduation and Induction events. Wendy also books music industry masterclasses and guests, so you can learn from the best.
Tommy Taylor - Events and Guests Assistant
As Events & Guests Assistant Tommy helps to coordinate BIMM's live gigs and events. He also assists with the booking of industry master classes and the annual BIMM Album. Tommy has previously worked in music PR, at festivals such as The Great Escape and Shakedown, and graduated with an Honours Degree from BIMM in 2012. Originally from Glasgow Tommy was drawn to Brighton by the music scene, and currently plays bass in local band Kill Moon.
Kathryn Craddock - Guest Co-ordinator
Kathryn has spent 15 years working within major record labels in the UK; firstly for EMI Records in press, followed by Chrysalis Records in A&R and for 10 years as a Senior Marketing Manager at Sony Music. Kathryn has worked on million-selling album campaigns and her artists included Jamiroquai, The Coral, Reef, Toploader, Hope Of The States and The Zutons. Kathryn is responsible for booking guests to visit the college and works closely with the Events & Guests team.
Rachel Mosleh - Alumni Assistant
Rachel is a member of the BIMM Alumni team and is dedicated to keeping in touch with our past students and offering guidance where needed. A graduate of BIMM Brighton, she gained a BA Hons Degree in Professional Musicianship specialising in vocals. She has performed worldwide with Beverley Knight, Heaven 17 and Amy Winehouse to name a few and has a wealth of recording experience. In addition Rachel works as a vocal coach for The Brit School.
Lisa Wadham - Assistant to Principal (BIMM Manchester)
Lisa works closely with the Principal primarily assisting with the launch of BIMM’s new college opening in Manchester in September 2013. She is Event Manager for all Open Days and is responsible for recruitment admin for new staff.
A graduate of BIMM Brighton, she gained a BA Hons Degree in Professional Musicianship specialising in vocals. She continues to be very active within the music industry working as a session musician, both live and in the studio. With a passion for performance and live sound she now owns a successful PA hire company.
Karl Middleton - Head of Estates
Karl is a founding member and front-man of critically acclaimed metal band Earthtone9. They released three albums and toured extensively sharing bills with the likes of Fear Factory, Soulfly, A Perfect Circle, Pitchshifter, One Minute Silence, Lost Prophets, Hundred Reasons and Glassjaw. Karl is responsible for all aspects of estates management. He oversees the quality and safety of the college environment. His main roles include: preparation of the teaching and learning environment and all associated equipment; health and safety compliance and training; monitoring security and general maintenance of both sites; planning and overseeing of internal and external events and the monitoring / managing of student behavior.
Lewis Hoadley - Facilities Manager - BIMM East
BIMM East facilities manager Lewis Hoadley is a BIMM graduate and he is currently focusing on his metal band TERRAFORM which he sings and plays guitar for. Aside from band duties Lewis works from his home studio producing and recording local bands and is also part of the technical team for the BIMM end of term gigs.
Adam Brown - Facilties Assistant and IT Support
Adam has been playing guitar for five years in various bands and currently plays guitar and sings in Brighton-based rock band Duncan Grimface as well as working on solo acoustic projects. Adam graduated from ACM in 2005 with a double merit award in Guitar. He is responsible for IT support and facilities at the BIMM West building.
John Sheldon - Head Receptionist
Originally from Plymouth, John moved to Brighton because he enjoys the vibrant arts and music scene and the diversity and eccentricity of the city. He started as a temp at BIMM in March 2012 and worked in a variety of departments at BIMM before eventually becoming Head of Reception. John enjoys music, classic movies, cooking, and entertaining with friends.
Harriet Claxton - Receptionist
Hattie joined the reception team at BIMM in October 2012 after travelling to volunteer in India and working at Harley Davidson. She was born and bred in Brighton and loves the uniqueness of it and what the city has to offer. Hattie enjoys working in administration and on Reception because she likes helping students and meeting them face to face. Amongst other things in her role, Hattie is responsible for booking tutorials, answering all phone queries and greeting students, tutors and parents at Reception.
Music is in Brighton’s bones . On a typical Friday, Saturday or Sunday in summer, you can hear a bizarre and often brilliant selection of buskers around the New Road piazza bang in the centre of town; buy tickets for a future big show at The Dome and The Corn Exchange; then take the ten-minute walk down to the beach, where you can hang out at pubs like The Fortune Of War and hear an accomplished local funk, jazz or Latin band soundtrack the seaside frolickings; nip back into town to any number of pubs which do cheap food and have a DJ playing… well… any music you like, really: dirty rock at The Caroline Of Brunswick, swanky rare groove at The Fishbowl, classic ska, reggae and soul at The Prince Albert. Or for something more cutting edge, cross the road to The Green Door Store, which has featured the likes of War on Drugs and Gazelle Twin.
If big-name international bands are your thing, check out what’s on at Audio, or Concorde 2 or Komedia (which will all have club nights afterwards), or The Haunt or The Hope or The Brighton Ballroom. If the venue’s choice of after-hours shenanigans doesn’t float your boogie boat, then its on to clubland. Hit the Kemp Town area for gay clubs like Revenge, the seafront for the trendy (Digital, Coalition) or the big and cheesy (The Honeyclub) or the mod/northern soul/reggae retro (The Volks). Most of the above cost money, but you will also find Brighton packed with free music events every day of the week. For details, check local free mag The Source, which lists every gig and club worth knowing about.
But fun in Brighton isn’t just the typical going-out-to-gigs-and-movies experience. On a rhetorical summer’s day, one can happily just walk around, watching a city that specializes in affable eccentricity. One thing that Brighton does, quite uniquely, is concentrate all of the spontaneous, innocent, cynical, dirty, sweet and just plain bonkers elements you’ll find in a major metropolitan centre into a couple of easily walkable square miles, and makes all this frenzied activity seem… laidback.
Lets take that walk, starting north of the city at the Duke Of York’s cinema at Preston Circus. The oldest working cinema in Britain, The Duke mixes up blockbusters with art movies, runs late night cult movies at the weekends, even stages the occasional gig. Proceed down London Road and you’ll realize that you are in an area that has seen better days – and which contains a lot of cheap housing, making it a centre for students. On your left is the Open Market, packed full of everyday bargains and weird stuff to rummage through. On your right, you’ll notice The Cowley Club, an anarchist book centre and members club which parties hard at weekends and doesn’t care if you think its ‘crusty’. Right around the corner on Ditchling Road is The Caroline Of Brunswick, a fabulous spit ‘n’ sawdust watering hole which celebrates all things punk, goth, rockabilly, metal, and industrial.
Keep walking south and you’ll hit The Level, and a view, on a clear day, of the sea and the pier, which, incidentally, is packed full of old-school seaside fare like a karaoke pub (where Happy Mondays played a secret gig a few years back), fruit machines, fairground rides, and a kiosk that does amazing bratwurst, oddly.
But be patient, because we’re turning right into Trafalgar Street and Brighton’s funkiest area, North Laine. Apart from music/comedy venues like Komedia and great pubs like The Basketmakers Arms (hangout for local musicians and writers) and The Heart and Hand (awesome old-fashioned jukebox of classic vinyl singles), there are the record shops (Resident and Borderline for new, Wax Factor and Across the Tracks for second-hand), giant indoor flea market Snoopers Paradise and all-day, all-week market stalls nestled in front of groovy shops selling everything from organic food to mod paraphernalia and vegetarian shoes to comic books. North Laine is one of those bohemian enclaves so full of life, daft haircuts and good vibes that people get addicted to it and never leave.
But we have to move on, south through the vibrant hub of New Road, where Brighton’s two favourite outdoor pubs Mrs Fitzherberts and The Mash Tun are in the same couple of hundred yards that house The Pavilion Gardens, The Dome and The Corn Exchange, the Pavilion Theatre, the Theatre Royal and the gorgeously small and camp Bar Valentino, which hides behind a blank door (ask a local) and serves top cocktails. Cross the main road and we are in the labyrinth of quaint alleyways known as The Lanes.
Now, The Lanes are, to some extent, a tourist trap. There are rather a lot of over-priced jewelers and nondescript restaurants. But there is also Rounder Records, the city’s best record shop; Marwood Studios, a weird and wonderful coffee shop with cheap office space to rent above and occasional gigs in the scruffy courtyard; Northern Lights, a wonderfully friendly Scandinavian pub with a typically cool music policy; Doctor Brightons, the city’s longest-serving gay bar. And, for nouveau mods, movie buffs and Who fans alike, the Quadrophenia Alleyway, just off East Street, where Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash had their infamous celluloid knee-trembler.
On and ever onwards into Kemp Town. The area just east of the city, running along St James Street and down to the seafront, is perhaps where a Londoner like me feels the ‘cityness’ of Brighton. So much is crammed into a small place: the whole of Brighton’s legendary gay scene, many of the city’s best restaurants, cheapest caffs, streets-full of B&B’s, great pubs like The Sidewinder and St James Tavern, The Latest Music Bar, the BIMM campus on the fittingly-named Rock Place… and that key city element of some of Brighton’s grandest housing right next to some of its poorest. St James Street teems with life, rough and smooth, and especially at night. And if you’re gay (or simply broad-minded) you’ll have wild boogie nights at clubs like Revenge and Charles Street Bar, or very eccentric ones at boozers like the legendary Bulldog and the transsexual-friendly Queens Arms on George Street
By now, you will have stumbled upon someone famous. It’s inevitable. Celebs are everywhere in this goddam town. Being a city somewhat in love with itself, Brighton is fond of claiming that everyone from Posh ‘n’ Becks to The Dalai Lama has ‘a house in Hove’. But famous residents that everyone has bumped into include Nick Cave, Steve Coogan, Norman Cook and Zoe Ball, writer Julie Burchill, Katie Price and Peter Andre, Preston out of the Ordinary Boys, ex-boxing champ Chris Eubank, Mark Williams off The Fast Show, Heather Mills, David Van Day, various members of The Levellers, British Sea Power, Rizzle Kicks, Captain Sensible, Chris Foreman from Madness, Louise Wener from Sleeper, street magician Paul Zenon, Martin Rossiter from Gene, Patsy Palmer out of Eastenders… blimey, that really is a motley crew, isn’t it?
We’ve finished our walk, and I haven’t even mentioned the many delights of my manor, Hove, nor the food and reggae at Jamaica Inn, nor Sussex Cricket or the new Brighton football stadium. Nor May in Brighton, when the city hosts The Brighton Festival and The Brighton Fringe Festival and music fest The Great Escape all at the same time, and the streets seethe with excitement. Nor the film or comedy festivals or the all-night White Night event. Or the burnt-out husk of the West Pier, or swimming in the English Channel and hiking on The South Downs, or the annual Naked Bike Ride and Children’s Parade. For a small town in sleepy Sussex, Brighton and Hove does a damn good impression of being a city that never sleeps. Its a place that dances like a city but welcomes you in like a village.
Ooh… and the last train from London to Brighton leaves Victoria Station at 12.05 a.m. But why would you want to go there?
Brighton hosts various possibilities for accommodation such as flats, shared houses, bedsits or part-board with a host family. However, as Brighton is a university city there is a heavy demand for student accommodation. We advise you to look as early as possible to find a place that suits your needs.
An average price guide:
- Bed & breakfast
- £25 - £30+ per person per night
- £75+ per person per week
- Flat or house share
- £85+ per person per week
- Part board with family
- £100+ per week, inc bed, breakfast and dinner
Please note that these prices do not include bills and are only a guide. You will be asked for rent in advance and a deposit.
How to find accommodation
Jackie Phillips is an independent accommodation adviser; she charges a small fee for advice and help finding suitable accommodation for BIMM students. You can reach Jackie on 01273 493409 or email; [email protected].
Jackie is able to provide information on flat or house shares, bedsits and host family accommodation. Please be aware that Jackie deals with a lot of enquiries and applications from BIMM students.
Alternatively, there are many letting agencies based in Brighton. Below are a few accommodation websites that may be of use:
If you are looking for temporary accommodation during the week whilst studying, there are many hostels offering cheap rooms in the Brighton/Hove area. Please check out the following websites for further information:
Good luck with your search. We look forward to you joining us.
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Welcome to all International Music Students
Studying Music in the UK
Brighton is a compact, creative and welcoming city where you will find everything you need within walking distance of BIMM. Music is right at the heart of this vibrant cultural centre which is home to many creative arts students. Brighton boasts an international music festival – The Great Escape – with artists performing at world famous venues such at The Dome, Audio, Concorde 2, Komedia and The Corn Exchange. The city supports numerous smaller venues where the newest and brightest UK talent come to play and make a name for themselves. Every night of the week you will find free gigs and events to enjoy – many of which feature BIMM students and alumni.
All of the degree level courses at BIMM Brighton are validated by the University of Sussex, who are recognised as one of the top 10 Universities in the UK.
How to apply to BIMM Brighton
If you would like to apply for a course at BIMM Brighton or just find out more information you can contact our Admissions team here or you can email them at [email protected]. Alternatively you can call them at 00441273 626666.
Our Admissions team can also give you help with completing your application form and personal application statement.
What Qualifications will you need?
All applicants need to be qualified to UK Level 3 equivalent with either 80 UCAS points for Musicians and Songwriters or 120 points for Music Business applicants. We also look for English Language skills to IELTS Score of 6.5 or above and the Trinity ISE II (B2).
We will ask you to provide copies of your qualifications for verification.
If you are a musician we will require you to send 3 demos showcasing your performance ability in a range of styles and a video recording of you demonstrating your theoretical abilities.
If you have any questions about applying to BIMM don't hesitate to contact us.
One of the benefits of studying at BIMM is that we are able to offer a much more personal experience than you may find at some larger colleges. We have a fantastic support network that provides one-on-one support for those that require it, and we aim to provide each individual with a service that is right for them. This is where our Quality and Student Support team comes in.
This team will look after you from the moment you set foot in the door to graduation and beyond. Take a look at the areas below to see what the Quality and Student Support team can offer you!
The Quality and Student Support (QSS) team are responsible for handling all data relating to attendance. This includes setting up the registers at the start of term, recording absences and chasing up those with low levels of attendance.
There is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement; to put it simply, if you attend all of your lectures, you are more likely to excel on your chosen course. Here at BIMM we want you to achieve your maximum potential, so as a result of this we keep a keen eye on attendance levels.
We have a strong attendance policy and it is important that you contact your QSS Officer to notify us as soon as possible of any issues that may be preventing you from attending your course on a regular basis, whether they are personal, professional or financial. Then we will be able to take the steps needed to help you resolve the problems and get you back into classes.
If you are absent, please make sure you complete an Absence Form on your return to college, and attach any supporting evidence (e.g. a doctors note).
Parents and Attendance
We understand that parents will want to know how their child is progressing on their course at BIMM, and this can often relate to attendance.
BIMM are not able to discuss any personal details (such as attendance or exam results) with any parents if their child is over 18 years of age in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998).
For students under 18, we are able to discuss attendance, academic progress and any other concerns with named persons authorised by the student.
Here at BIMM we pride ourselves on being able to deliver a one-to-one support service for those that need it. One such area that we invest a lot of time in is Learning Support. It may be that you are already aware of a specific learning requirement that you have, or it could be that you have often struggled with certain learning areas and would like to investigate this further. Whatever your circumstances, the QSS team are on hand to support you.
Quick Scan / Study Scan
A fantastic asset to BIMM, Quick Scan is a 15 minute test that will identify your learning style, and can highlight whether there is any evidence of learning support requirements. This test is free and is available at BIMM West. If anything is highlighted during the Quick Scan that needs further investigation, you will then be able to take a Study Scan test. This is more in depth and will look at the specifics of any potential learning needs you may have. This test is a great help when deciding whether to invest in an Educational Psychologist’s Report (please see below). To book a Quick Scan test please contact your QSS Officer.
Additional Support Network
As well as our QSS team, BIMM also have links to a number of specialists in the Learning Support field in and around the Brighton area. Combining a wealth of experience with a personal one-to-one service, these contacts are vital in our ability to provide the highest level of support for our students.
BIMM is committed to ensuring that those with disabilities or learning difficulties are not disadvantaged when making an application to study with us. All reasonable adjustments will be made to provide access to our provision, including that of equipment and specialist support, where required.
You are encouraged to disclose any disability or learning difficulty you may have on your application form, so that we can offer the support that you need.
If you have any queries regarding this please get in touch with a member of the Student Support team on the BIMM number.
QSS – Quality and Student Support
DSA – Disabled Students’ Allowance – this is financial help from Student Finance England for people with disabilities, mental health conditions (e.g. depression or anxiety), or specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia). The DSA provides support in a variety of ways, including funding for equipment that will help you complete your course and one-on-one tuition with a specialist.
EPR- Educational Psychologists Report – this is required for you to be eligible to receive DSA. You will have to pay for this test, but the cost does cover you for all of your further / higher education. For further information regarding how to go about getting an EPR please contact your QSS Officer.
Pastoral Support is very important to us at BIMM. We understand the range of different issues faced by our students on a day-to-day basis, which include:
- Financial issues
- Personal issues
- Emotional issues
- Psychological issues
Your QSS Officer can offer one-to-one tutorials which provide support, guidance and a friendly ear to those that require it. The team are all well-equipped to listen and provide non-judgemental support regarding all manner of issues.
However, there may be times when you require further support in which case your Student Support Officer can refer you to one of our College Counsellors who provide a completely confidential and free service. Some of the issues students might bring are: attendance difficulties, relationship problems/break-ups, loss, depression, identity, eating disorders, alcohol and drug problems, stress, panic attacks, obsessions or simply a place to reflect.
Counselling can be helpful in enabling you to work through issues that have become overwhelming, or when you feel stuck. It may help you discover your own resources to find a new understanding or solution.
At BIMM we also have strong relationships with specialist agencies such as the Youth Advice Centre (YAC), Connexions and the YMCA Housing Service. If at any point you feel you would benefit from any of these services please contact your QSS Officer.