Nick Jeavons Resume

      My musical training started at the age of 7 when I started to play the violin. Shortly after this, I was scouted to join my local church choir. I spent 7 years as a chorister at St Thomas' Church, Stourbridge where I went on to become Head Chorister and obtain the Bishop's Award. During this time, my choir master recommended that I learn the piano and so I started lessons at the age of 10.

Though initially receiving classical training, as well as music theory, my Grandfather's abilities as a successful jazz player lead me to explore jazz, swing, blues and that his since evolved into other various pop and rock genres.

During school and college, I took part in many extra curricular music and drama groups and was leader of the orchestra in my final year of secondary school. At college, I continued my commitment to optional music ensembles and I was also a presenter for the college's offical podcast, 'Edpod'. I was also a member of Stourbridge Amatuer Operatic Society and took part in 3 productions, each of which ran for a week. Whilst at college (6th form), I obtained my Piano grade 8 and Violin grade 7, having achieved my Music Theory grade 5 a few years previously.

I joined Keele University in 2006 to study Music and Music Technology. As well as performance, I have undertaken varying Music modules such as 20th Century Music, Film Music, Music in Popular Culture and Stravinsky. My dissertation is based on the 'Britpop' era of popular music and has lead me to take an interest in writing as a musicologist.
In Music Technology, I have dealt a lot with Electroacoustic Music and AudioVisual, using programmes such as Cubase, Adobe Audition, Soundshaper, Max/MSP, ArtMatic, Adobe Premiere and Coagula, as well as various soft synth programs.

I spent the 2007/8 academic as chairperson for the Keele Philharmonic Choir, where I was a 1st tenor and I also played 1st violin in the Keele Philharmonic Orchestra. I was also a member of Keele Concert Band, where I played (mostly tuned) percussion, and Keele Big Band, where I played keyboard.

Until June 2011, I worked as a keyboard teacher for Telford Music School, which mostly meant teaching Yamaha courses to young children, although I do offer private piano lessons outside of this. I play keyboard for a Midlands-based 8-piece soul band, Soul Patrol, as well as Sambuca Diaries, a Birmingham-based big band. I have experience with playing in small jazz groups (quartets or quintets etc) and I am currently Musical Director for Startime Variety, an amateur theatre company.

In May 2011, I was Musical Director/Keyboards for 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch', which ran for 10 nights at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, UK. From June until August, I went over to America to work for Camp Chateaugay, NY, as an accompanist and camp counsellor. I will also be doing the same in the summer of 2012.

I am currently touring UK theatres with the classic rock show, Vampires Rock.

Updated:  February 6, 2012

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