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Bristol musicians get London masterclass chance

By Sam Bonham
BBC Introducing Bristol

Four local musicians have been selected to take part in the BBC's first ever Musicians Masterclass in London.

The Bronze Medal
The Bronze Medal are one of the bands taking part in the masterclass

Alice Jemima, Duppy Beatz, Jane Taylor and Robin Creswell will be heading to Abbey Road and Maida Vale studios for this prestigious event on 3 February 2011.

The four chosen artists will take part in workshops and seminars, held by the likes of Tynchy Stryder, The Kaiser Chiefs, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong and champion of new music Steve Lamacq, along with other industry experts.

The event will be broadcast live on the BBC Introducing website all day between 11.00-6.30pm

Industry heavyweights

The Musicians Masterclass, a product of the BBC's new music policy, will be the first of its kind and will connect under-the-radar musicians from across the UK with top music professionals.

"It's great to have people helping bands up the ladder a bit," said Robin Creswell, singer in Bristol-band, the Bronze Medal.

"BBC Introducing gives unsigned bands a chance to be heard. It's got us on the radio, given us slots at festivals and now offered the chance of a masterclass."

The BBC Introducing teams around the UK were asked to select a handful of artists who had inspired listeners with their music.

Richard Pitt, Toby Field and I took into consideration the quality of the artists work, their level of commitment and passion, and the potential impact the day could have on their music.

One of the selected artists, Duppy Beatz, said he was hopeful the masterclass would help him progress his music.

"I am most looking forward to gaining the opportunity to meet some industry heavy-weights and discuss ways of how I can go from the point I am currently at, to reaching the point I aim to be at."

In addition to the great music, performances and Radio 1 radio plays, Duppy Beatz also works developing the sounds of young people through the community project REMIX.

"The project involves working with young people, who have been removed from mainstream education and are struggling to gel with school conditions, through music mentoring," he said.

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