As part of Solent’s first International Enrichment Week, students and staff from across the School of Media Arts and Technology packed their bags for a six day trip to Holland. Students spent time in both Amsterdam and Utrecht, making the most of the time away by taking part in a range of events, performances and projects.

The first stop was the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where students were given the opportunity to take part in a speed networking event before being invited to join jam sessions with students from our BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance programme.

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Performance students took to the stage at three different venues.

Students also made the trip to HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht. Here, they attended a music business modelling lecture hosted by Arthur van de Graaf, co founder of crowdfunding platform Get a Crowd and active consultant for many innovative social projects throughout Holland.

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Students in a lecture with Arthur van de Graaf.

Back in Amsterdam, the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) invited students to tour its facilities and attend a seminar with senior researcher Kristina Andersen. Kristina spoke in depth about the vast expanse of experimental / electronic music and its relevance in today’s musical world.

The students were also given the opportunity to perform at three live music venues across Amsterdam: The Waterhole, CC’s Muzikkafe and Bourbon Street. Solent’s own SVGA, Sammy Kettel and Courtney Gray performed energetic sets at each venue.

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The students outside HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht.

The group also made time to see BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance alumni Samm Henshaw and Stefan Adamson perform a sold out show at the Bitterzoet. Students caught up with Samm after the show, chatting about his experience of the industry and his recent performance on Later… with Jools Holland.

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Students caught up with Solent alumni Samm Henshaw.

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