Top music guru Paul Statham works with West Notts College students

Music students at Vision West Notts have been getting industry tips from the mastermind behind hits by stars such as Kylie Minogue, Will Young, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Saturdays.

Internationally-renowned composer Paul Statham spent several days delivering song critique sessions and song-writing workshops to students on a range of music courses.

World renowned music producer and song writer Paul Statham, second left, and former West Notts College students who grew-up in Shirebrook joined music students at Vision West Notts on Wednesday to work with them in their new state of the art recording studio's. Pictured from the left are; BTEC Extended Diploma students Tom Spalding 20, Music Tutor Lee Pasch,  Ben Coleman 16 and Tom Carlin 18.

World renowned music producer and song writer Paul Statham, second left, and former West Notts College students who grew-up in Shirebrook joined music students at Vision West Notts on Wednesday to work with them in their new state of the art recording studio's. Pictured from the left are; BTEC Extended Diploma students Tom Spalding 20, Music Tutor Lee Pasch, Ben Coleman 16 and Tom Carlin 18.

Students also learnt how to perform as a live band before laying down tracks with Paul in the college’s state-of-the-art recording studios. The sessions were held in the college’s new Create building, which boasts specialist facilities for music, media and performance students.

Paul, who hails from Shirebrook, studied business studies at the college in 1978. He then pursued a music career in London, taking his first band B-Movie to national and international success – releasing three singles and four albums followed by a tour of the US and Europe.

In 1999 he co-wrote ‘Here With Me’ and ‘I’m No Angel’ with then unsigned singer Dido. ‘Here With Me’ went on to become a world-wide hit and the album ‘No Angel’ sold 16 million copies.

Music diploma student Tom Spalding (20), of Kirkby, said: “It’s been great working with Paul. We’ve learnt so much from his experience of the music industry and he’s given me loads of confidence to write my own songs.”

Paul said: “It’s always a pleasure coming back to the college. The students have been very enthusiastic applying their skills to different styles of music and they’ve shown real creativity in the experimental music sessions.”