Studio Fortnight with music industry experts

Studio Fortnight is Southampton Solent University’s music department’s latest initiative to bring high-profile musicians, producers and industry leaders to the University – giving students the chance to learn from those who are at the cutting-edge of the UK’s music business.

Nikki Lamborn giving a vocal workshop

Studio Fortnight evolved from a week of assessments that has been running for the last ten years into a fortnight of high-pressure, real world studio assessments combined with a plethora of high-profile guest lectures and masterclasses.

In addition to opportunities for Solent students, over 50 students from local colleges attended events during the first week. Students heard from:


Local band who have shot to success following a swell of national and international support.


Click here for the Creeper talk highlights.


Nikki Lamborn
Vocal coach and performer whose clients include Beverley Knight, Muse, Courtney Love and Lana Del Ray

Nikki teaching vocal techniques

Julian Hepple
Internationally renowned, Grammy nominated producer whose clients include One Direction, Prince and Westlife. Julian is hoping to receive Grammy recognition this year for his work with on Anoushka Shankar’s Land of Gold.

Studio production with students

Steve Giles
Vocal coach and founder of The Naked Vocalist podcast.

Steve Giles’ vocal workshop

John Brough
Freelance producer and engineer with a long history of work with international recording artists including U2, Queen and the Rolling Stones.


Andy Saphir
Prolific session musician, touring guitarist and teacher.

Andy Saphir’s workshop ‘Country Hot Licks’

Phil Capone
Professional guitarist and writer for Total Guitar Magazine.

‘From Rock to Jazz: adding colour to chords and spicing up licks’ workshop by Phil Capone.

Jay Stapley
Session musician, studio manager, producer and writer with over 40 year’s experience at all levels of the music industry.

Jay Stapley’s workshop ‘Studio and Online Sessions Techniques’

Feedback from those in attendance at the events was overwhelmingly positive:

“I just wanted to say that the vocal workshop with Nikki Lamborn was fantastic, she’s an absolute force of nature and if there is a chance of getting her back in next year I’d be over the moon! As well as teaching us some really strange (but effective) vocal techniques, her talk was really inspirational, particularly regarding resilience as a female within the music industry. Great stuff!”


“I’ve really enjoyed the Studio Fortnight so far. I was impressed with John Brough and Julian Hepple’s talks. The latter said he liked my bass tone (I felt rather chuffed). I only wish I could go to all of them – particularly the guitar workshops.”


“I just wanted to say that the studio fortnight week so far has been great. It has been inspirational, mind opening and mostly very educational. I hope there will be more similar weeks during the course and I think it’s safe to say that the whole popular music performance group thinks the same way.”

Source: Solent Music: Studio Fortnight | Southampton Solent University | Blog