Guest lectures from Radio 1 DJs, The Gorillaz' keyboard player and Coldplay's former manager

Huw Stephens

Music students at University of South Wales’ Cardiff Campus benefit from regular guest lectures and masterclasses from a number of high profile musicians key industry stakeholders, giving students unique insights into the music business.. Recent guests have included Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Mike Smith from The Gorillaz and Coldplay’s former manager Estelle Wilkinson.

Lucy Squire, Academic Subject Manager for Music and Sound at USW comments: “Guest lectures and masterclasses are really important for students to get a taste of the reality of working in the music industry. The wealth in our courses comes from the teaching teams experience and connections and our ability to provide opportunities for students to get involved."

Past guests at USW have included:

Huw Stephens - Radio 1 presenter
Famed for supporting new unsigned and emerging music Huw hosts shows on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Cymru, as well as curating Introducing stages at the Uks favourite festivals.

Mike Smith - Musical director and keyboard player, The Gorillaz
For many years Mike has toured, recorded, arranged and orchestrated for Damon Albarn. He is Musical Director and keyboard player for Gorillaz, as well as being Blur’s keyboard player for over 20 years.

Ann Harrison - Music Lawyer
Author of the music industry bible, ‘Music: The Business’ (over 2 million copies sold) Ann specialises in copyright and contract law mainly for the 'talent' and entrepreneurial end of the business: artists, songwriters, producers, managers, independent record labels and publishers.

Estelle Wilkinson – Former Coldplay manager and music industry veteran

Estelle Wilkinson has worked in the music industry for 15 years, supporting an array of artists, including her time managing Coldplay during the early years of 2000-2006. 

Andrew Scheps – Recording Engineer, Producer and Record Label Owner
Andrew Scheps has an incredible career of achievements, which incorporates a credit list featuring Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Adele, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson, Robbie Robertson, Justin Timberlake, Iggy Pop, U2, Jay-Z, and many more, as well as several Grammy Awards.

Adam Biddle – Media Consultant
Ex-Vice/theAudience Director and now CEO & Founder of GH05T Adam has been at the forefront of social media since launching the first ever-social agency for celebrities. Clients have included Lily Allen, The BBC, Black Sabbath, Skepta and Dynamo.

Gill Taylor – Elvis Costello’s manager

Gill Taylor has 40 years experience in the music world and has worked with artists including Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Blondie and Meatloaf. For the last 23 years she has managed Elvis Costello.

Alun Llwyd and Kevin Tame - Turnstile Musi
Turnstile Music are a notorious Welsh independent record label that manage artists including Cate Le Bon, Charlotte Church and Gruff Rhys from their base in Cardiff’s historic Arcades.

Darren Broome, The Lost Agency PR
The LOST Agency PR offers a unique artist focused service based around the proven play-listing talents of ex BBC producer Darren Broome ex R1/R2/R4 and BBC Radio Wales Producer.