POSTED ON – 23.05.13

SSR London - Ian Brown Scholarship & Bursaries Awarded
Ian Brown Scholarship & Bursaries Awarded
We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Ian Brown Scholarship at SSR London has been awarded to…Rory Hammond!

We received a high number of very strong applications and it was a very tough job to decide who should be awarded with the scholarship. After careful consideration it was Rory’s passion and enthusiasm that shone through which, combined with the financial barriers he faced in signing up for a course, allowed us to help kick start his career by awarding him the scholarship.

Although Rory was awarded the scholarship, we were pleased to also offer bursaries to Josh Waddington, Ben Greenwood and Anna Lakatos, who will all be joining Rory on our Audio Engineering course.

Upon awarding the scholarship, we caught up with Rory to ask him a few questions about the application process and what it means for him to get this opportunity:

How did you hear about the scholarship?

I first heard about the scholarship last year whilst searching online, looking for ways to improve my knowledge of sound engineering. When I contacted SSR regarding the scholarship it wasn't currently available. Earlier this year, whilst looking at the NME website I saw an article saying that the scholarship was available again, so I jumped at the chance to apply.

Other than the finances, was there anything else stopping you from signing up to a course?

Actually finances were the only factor stopping me from applying to the course, I had all the drive and ambition required to enrol but sadly sometimes money and aspirations do not go hand in hand.

How do you think the scholarship and course is going to help in your career?

To be successful as an Engineer / Producer it is imperative to have firm knowledge on the principles of sound and how they relate to studio recording. Studio experimentation and practice is also key to understanding these techniques alongside developing ones own style. Thanks to the Ian Brown Scholarship, my studies at SSR will gain me the theoretical and practical knowledge, alongside industry recognised qualifications required to work successfully in this field.

What would your dream career be within music?

My dream would see me as a successful music Producer, working out of my own recording studio, having industry respect and recognition. I am a massive advocator of new music, so with that in mind I would like to have to opportunity to work with up and coming artists, and maybe even produce a 'Mercury Music Prize' winning album!

What had you heard about SSR before applying for the scholarship?

I had a number of long phone conversations last year with Rob Owen (a member of the SSR London team and ex-student) about the course and what SSR has to offer their students. Even though I ended these phone calls very enthusiastic about SSR providing the training that I was looking for, unfortunately I wasn't able to raise the funds necessary to enrol on the course.

What is your previous experience within music and producing?

My background in music started over ten years ago playing electric and bass guitar. I have been using music production programmes such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Reason to record and sequence music for quite a while now, having engineered and produced music for various projects and bands. It was during these sessions that I decided that production and engineering was is the career path I wanted to follow.

What did you do/think when you found out you had been awarded the scholarship?

My first thought was of shock and disbelief and I hoped that they hadn't called the wrong person. I was actually on a coach traveling to Cheltenham and reception was not great but I did clearly hear the words 'you've got the scholarship'. I text my girlfriend who was in America at the time, and tried to phone friends and family but they were all at work... So I resorted to a Facebook status. When it reached the 50th like and I had over twenty comments it all started to sink in.

Anything else you would like to add?

I would like to thank the staff at SSR and Ian Brown for giving me this opportunity.

Everyone at SSR is looking forward to welcoming Rory and the Ian Brown Bursary winners onto the Audio Engineering course and would like to wish them the best of luck with their studies and future careers. Congratulations guys!
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