Tutor of Music Technology and Music Performance
I have a wealth of experience within the Music Industry as a Session Musician and Composer, including for TV and Radio, which also being a member of the Producers Guild of Great Britain.
During my time working on developing the software Vocaloid, I worked alonside artists such as Miriam Stockley and Stevie Wonder in L.A., as well as working on Mike Oldfield’s Light and Shade album. I was also an advisor on the original soundtrack of Paprika by Satoshi Kon where I worked with progressive Japanese electronic artist Susumu Hirasawa.
I was recently voted ‘Keep It Live’ Best Guitarist as well as the Best Blues Guitarist award, and was awarded Distinction while studying a Master of Arts in Creative Composition at Newcastle University.
— Andy Power, Tutor of Music Technology and Music Performance
Tutor of Music Technology and Music Performance
I’ve worked as a professional musician specialising in Trumpet and Keyboards, playing a diverse range of music all over the UK from Blues Brother tribute acts and Ska Bands, to solo Folk/Acoustic work and Brass Band/Orchestras.
For the last 20 years, I’ve played with top North East band The Beer Pigs, gigging across the North. I’ve also produced and released 2 solo albums; and am in the process of recording a third. Before embarking on a career in teaching I ran a successful multimedia company specialising in Sound Recording and Live Sound, Video Production and Music Composition.
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Media and Music Technology as well as a Master’s Degree in Web Enterprise (specialising in the Music Industry). I’m a memeber of The Musician Union, and have a great amount of experieince in the legal and technical side of releasing music.
— Dave Mackin, Tutor of Music Technology and Music Performance
Tutor of Performing Arts and Dance
I joined the department in 2015, as a specialist in dance and hold a degree in Dance from Sunderland University, specialising in Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Following this I acquired my PGCE in Post Compulsory Education.
I have recently choreographed work that was performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. I have also performed on stage at the Gala Theatre Durham and with JC Contemporary Dance company for charity events.
I have loved being able to work so closely with students at the college to deliver the diverse range of performances we offer throughout the year. These range from intimate, contemporary performances to large scale musicals and theatre pieces such as last years’ We Will Rock You. I have also taught dance privately for a number of years as a member of the IDTA and as a teacher for Razzmatazz. I was also invited to work on the Dance degree at Sunderland university as part of my PGCE placement.
— Rebecca Brierley, Tutor of Performing Arts and Dance
Tutor of Art & Design, Graphics & Photography
I have been at the college since 2012 and have taught across all the Art & Design disciplines, helping to combine and develop and number of different disciplines with students that I teach. I am currently teaching A Level Art & Design, Photography and BTEC Graphic Design.
I studied Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University having previous completed a Foundation Diploma at CCAD. I have a passion for various art forms and enjoy the freedom and expeirmentaiton which can be undertaken within the subject area.
Alongside teaching, I have ran my own graphic design business since graduating from university. I regularly sell handmade sketchbooks, prints and photography internationally, from Australia to New York. I have also exhibited artwork in regional galleries.
I am a firm believer in the strong and varied skill set studying an Art based subject can offer, not only professionally but also as a form of perosnal devleopment and leisure. It is these skills I aim to install within my students who chose to study at HSFC.
— Richard Hunt, Tutor of Art & Design, Graphics & Photography
Programme Area Manager for Creative Industries
I have taught Performing Arts for 13 years. I trained in Acting with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Drama) gaining an Associate Acting Diploma. I also hold a degree in English Literature and Education from Sunderland University as well as a Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education.
Before my career in teaching, I worked professionally for Release Theatre, performing at theatres across the North East. Release Theatre company worked closely with the author Terry Pratchett to bring some of his Discworld novels to life on stage. I played the part of Granny Weatherwax in the premiere of Pratchett’s “Lords and Ladies” and “The Wyrd Sisters.”
I continue to work as a performer, as well as appearing at UK music festivals Solfest and Willowman. I have material released on Freerange records working as a singer / songwriter. I am also a vocalist with Jazz musicians across the Tess Valley, including Middleborough Jazz and Blues Orchestra and Beauty and the Beats.
— Vicky Jackson, Programme Area Manager for Creative Industries