MusicStation Xmas Show

Well done to all the 50+ students who played at our Xmas show at the Yalding Gardens last night. The standard was unbelievably high, especially for the students who were doing their first gig!  Many thanks also to all the friends and family who came to support the show, the atmosphere was fantastic.
See you all in 2015 for much much more music.
Have a great Xmas everybody 🙂


Trinity Rock & Pop Exams

MusicStation Trinity Exam Logo

Well done to everyone who passed their Trinity Rock & Pop mock exams for guitar and drums this week. Now just keep working towards a distinction for the exams in December 🙂

MusicStation in Schools

MusicStation is now working with schools and colleges providing peripatetic teachers, syllabus consultation, CPD and much more. See the poster and contact us for more details.
Ofsted has recently said this about MusicStation:
“The children were kept engaged by the good teaching, high quality equipment and good organisation. The children and class teachers were very positive about the workshops and about the link with ‘MusicStation’. ” Ofsted 2014
MusicStation School Info Poster

MusicStation is the new Trinity Exam Rep for the Tunbridge Wells Area


Trinity Logo MusicStation
MusicStation is pleased to announce that we are the new reps for Trinity College music exams for the Tunbridge Wells area (both Rock & Pop and Classical). We will be using our own studios for most of the exams and carefully selected external venues.
You can contact us on 01732 360388

Live Room from DrumsMusicStation Piano RoomLive-Room-150x150

Local & Live 2014

MusicStation was proud to have been one of the sponsors for this year’s Local & Live Festival held in Tunbridge Wells. We set up a stall in Calverley Park opposite the stage and had a great view for two days.
Julie Parker MusicStation Local & Live IMG_2379
We had a steady stream of people interested in lessons and we met many of our old students, some dating back to 1999! It was really enjoyable seeing so many of them playing at the festival (all that practice does pay off!)
We must congratulate Paul Dunton and his team for producing such an amazing event that had consistent quality and ran on time!
There is an enormous amount of talent in this area and events like this showcase existing artists playing original music and encourage many new ones to start. We hope to continue to train new musicians  for many festivals to come.
Here are a few artists we particularly enjoyed:
Goldie Reed (with David Migden)
Goldie Reed L&L 2014
The Good Ship Band (featuring Sam Woods and Jez Harley)
Good Ship Band L&L 2014
Arcelia (featuring the amazing Simon Foster)
Arcelia L&L 2014
Mark Morriss (The Bluetones)
Mark Morriss L&L 2014
David Migden & the Twisted Roots (featuring James Sedge and Phil Scragg)
David Migden & the Twisted Roots L&L 2014

MusicStation sponsors the Local & Live Festival

MusicStation is proud to announce that we are one of the main sponsors for the excellent Local and Live Festival in Tunbridge Wells 22nd-25th August. 2014 sees the Local & Live Music Festival celebrate its 9th year as Kent’s biggest free, … Continue reading

MusicStation Newsletter Number 10 (updated)

Hello everyone, welcome to our tenth newsletter. As usual lots to report…

SeeArt Fair
MusicStation had a short residency at the SeeArt Fair in Tunbridge Wells last week. Julie and Sam played at the Private View on Wednesday night and the MusicStation band did a full set for the opening Charity Gala night.
MusicStation at SeeArtFair Tunbridge Wells
MusicStation SEEART Fair Julie and Sam
We met lots of interesting people at SeaArt and saw artwork of the highest quality. Many thanks to Guy Portelli and Mark Paul Perry for inviting us.
One of our drum students is a budding actor who has recently starred in an advert for a 3D printer. We think he’s pretty good, well done Sam!

Ion Core Zinter 3D Printer TV Commercial – The ZinterBOT –

Hop Farm Festival
We saw some of you down at the Hop Farm on Sunday. We thought that Grace Jones was fantastic  (James took these photos).

Grace Jones 1 Grace Jones 2 Grace Jones 3 Grace Jones 4

Hadlow College
Last week we had the first group of students over from Hadlow College for an enrichment class. They were quite a mixed group in terms of ability, but by the end we had them playing ‘Mustang Sally’ in a band. From September we will be holding these sessions weekly. Please let us know if your school or college is interested in extra curricular music sessions.

Thank you for the great response for our Summer workshops. We have a long list of interested students and we are about to write the first timetable of sessions. We are still taking bookings for our Summer workshops, so please let us know if you are interested.

Cage Green School
Thank you to everyone at Cage Green who helped to organise our taster day. The children were all very enthusiastic and well behaved. The staff pop choir has also been a lot of fun and is starting to sound great!

Slade School
We did our presentation in an assembly last week to a very excited group of children. They really enjoyed hearing ‘Happy and ‘Get Lucky’ played by our professional musicians.

Hever Castle Iron Man Competition
MusicStation Hever Iron Man Competition
We had a last minute booking for the MusicStation band to play at the Hever Castle Iron Competition last Sunday. We couldn’t resist letting some of the children have a play!
Work Experience
Many thanks to Jacob, Hannah and Jan who have completed their work experience with us. We hope they have gained some insight into teaching, gigging and running a music school. Special thanks to Jan who has helped us to design a Google form to help us get customer details.
Trinity Exams
We are now the official reps for all Trinity music exams in this area. Last week we had two days of drum and piano exams that went very smoothly. Trinity really like our new, modern facilities and the examinees enjoyed playing on our top equipment.

Summer lessons
Please let us know if you would like to continue any lessons over the Summer.

Timetable changes for September
We will be working all Summer to get a provisional timetable together. We hope to mainly use the 3.30-6.00pm slots for our younger students’ groups. Let us know your requirements in advance and we we do our best to accommodate you. The new term will start on Monday 1st September. Please let us know if you will be away.

Big Easy Acoustic Quartet at the Cross Keys, Tunbridge Wells
Come and see us for free on Friday 18th July.

Cross Keys Jam Session 
Gabriel Swallow who is currently studying for his Trinity Rock and Pop Drums Grade 6, played at the new Jam Session at the Cross Keys in Tunbridge Wells. The jam is organised by Nawfel Hermi from Judd School, MusicStation’s James Sedge and Paul Malsom. It will be held once a month and all interested musicians are welcome to come and have a play. Speak to James for more details.
MusicStation at Cross Keys Jam

Thanks for reading and we hope to see many of you this Summer.

James and Julie

MusicStation Newsletter Number 9

Hello everybody and welcome to our 9th newsletter.
First of all welcome to all of our new customers, we hope you enjoy being part of MusicStation.

Local Schools
We recently had a fantastic time judging at the Sevenoaks ‘Prep Idol’. There were over 400 excited children and parents watching the show which had the production values of the original TV show (well done to Nik Pears and Robin Collings)! The contestants were of a very high standard and showed real courage performing in front of such a large crowd. The winners will be recording their song in our studio.
MusicStation judges Prep Idol
View from the back at Sevenoaks Prep Idol.

We have been working closely with Cage Green Primary School recently. Their school choir (28 strong) have been in and recorded a couple of songs.

We are also running a staff choir at Cage Green. Jez Harley says that nearly all the staff are taking part and are having a great time.
Last week we spent a day there giving instrumental demonstrations and setting up group lessons at the school. The children were very excited and enthusiastic!

We are looking forward to visiting Slade School next week to give them a concert and an instrument demonstration. Apparently excitement is already high!
MusicStation will be working with Hayesbrook School from September. They have a vibrant music department there that will be a lot of fun to work with.
We are currently in discussion with Hadlow College about providing musical enrichment for their students.

There is no excuse for boredom this summer as we are providing a wide range of workshops.
10% discount for bookings made before the end of June. We can also cater for students who have finished school early after exams. So if you want a course early in July, just let us know. Also, if there is something particular that you want, just ask and we will try to arrange it! The dates will be set according to demand.
The details are on our website

New Teachers
We would like to introduce Donna Rudd. Donna is a very experienced music teacher specialising in piano, singing and technology.
Also welcome to Reuben Cain. Reuben is a specialist guitar tutor and a technology expert.
MusicStation guitar teacher
Trinity College
We have just had a very productive meeting with the Trinity exam board and we are delighted to say that we are now organising all of their instrumental grade exams in this area (rock and pop, jazz and classical). We will also be an exam venue. More details to follow…

Our very own Tom Clark has had a feature in Kent Life magazine 🙂

MusicStation Tom Clark Kent May bright young things

Musicstation will be helping to run a new jam session with Judd School’s Nawfel Hermi and Paul Malsom at the Cross Keys venue in Tunbridge Wells. The first date is the 3rd July. All are welcome to come and watch and maybe play? Ask James Sedge at MusicStation for more details.

James and Phil Scragg are playing with David Migden and the Twisted Roots at the famous Troubadour venue in West London on the 28th June.
Their next gig is a free show at the Scoop Amphitheatre in London on the 16th July. 

Please give our MusicStation Facebook page a like or subscribe to our Twitter feed to get the most up to date notifications.

Finally, many thanks to Sally-Anne Low for the new publicity pic.
See you all soon.
MusicStation Julie Parker James Sedge

Newsletter Number 8

Hello everybody
Lots of exciting things to report.

Cage Green School
Many thanks to all at Cage Green Primary School who invited us in to play a lunchtime gig for their whole school assembly. We played some  U2, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk to one of the most rapturous responses we have ever experienced. It was quite overwhelming to hear the sound of pure excitement and joy from the children (and staff!). Please contact us if you would like us to come to your school.

Sevenoaks Prep Idol
We are off to Sevenoaks Prep School on Saturday to be guest judges for their ‘Prep Idol’ competition. The prize for the winning band is a recording session here at MusicStation.

Trinity Rock Exams
We are delighted to be a new exam centre for Trinity. If you decide to study for any grades, you can do your exams here in familiar surroundings.
The books are available from us on request. The price list is below (please click on it to make it bigger).
We are especially excited to be working on this new syllabus and it uses real songs from rock and pop repertoire. This means the students will get to know about real bands and musicians and be able to play the songs in bands. The song list includes songs from Bill Withers, The Ramones, Van Halen, Muse, Johnny Cash, Elbow and Radiohead among many others!
At the moment the instruments featured are guitar, bass, piano, drums and vocals. Our new sax and flute teacher James Penny is working on some exciting things for brass and woodwind.
Please let your teacher or Tom know if you would like to order a book from us. Just click on the photo of the price list to enlarge.

Trinity Rock Exam Book Prices

Terms and Conditions
We have many new students (young and older) taking lessons. If you haven’t yet done so, please familiarise yourselves our terms and conditions – 
MusicStation Terms and Conditions

Tonbridge Loyalty Card
We are part of the Tonbridge Loyalty Card scheme, so please let Tom know if you would like a card stamped. You get one stamp per £10 of lessons and once you have six stamps you can enter  a prize draw to win £50 of vouchers to spend at any of the participating shops in Tonbridge.

MusicStation Recordings
We are getting some young talent in to record their favourite songs. Young Benjamin Metcalf recorded ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ while accompanying himself on a Ukulele. We think he did pretty well!

We are also having Recording Parties. Lexi and Maddy recorded this track last weekend. Lets us know if you would like to come in and record a song.
The Jean Bentley Band (featuring 90 year old Albert Parsons on drums)are currently recording their album here at MusicStation. We think they sound fantastic!

They are playing a show at the Stag Plaza Suite, 27th June.
Jean Bentley Band
Upcoming Gigs
Julie Parker and James Sedge are playing with the Big Easy Acoustic Quartet this Friday 16th May at the Cross Keys, Tunbridge Wells. Paul Rippengal is on guitar with David Migden on vocals. David has just been nominated again for best British Blues Vocalist. Voting takes place online at
The Paul Malsom Trio are playing at the Cross Keys in Tunbridge Wells, Thursday 22nd May. Chris Sergeant – bass and James Sedge – drums. Special guests include Rob Luft on guitar, who is an up and coming star of the jazz world and Nawfel. Nawfel is currently teaching French at Judd School, but in a previous life was a child prodigy on guitar. Here is a clip of him playing with Deep Purple!

Paul Malsom recently came into MusicStation to record a couple of tracks. These are completely live:
Thanks for reading. Please feel free to share this newsletter and see you all soon.James, Julie and Tom