In addition to the lectures, lessons, one to one tutorials and extra-curricular classes we run throughout each term, we invite various musicians, music professionals and artists to come in and talk to our students.

With each discipline benefiting from both subject specific events, such as lectures from renowned players, producers or managers, as well as cross discipline masterclasses from some of the top names in the world, students benefit from a wealth of experience and advise.

It’s also a great opportunity to see some fantastic performances in an intimate setting!

Harry Shotta – Award Winning Drum and Bass MC Visits ACM


The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) was incredibly excited to welcome back Harry Shotta to Guildford for the Odeon Masterclasses on Friday 29th November.

What instantly strikes you about Harry Shotta is his absolute passion for the underground music scene. His knowledge of trends and movements within Drum & Bass, Hip-Hop and » more

Vocal Coach To The Stars, Annabel Williams, Visits ACM


On Friday 21st November, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) was privileged to be able to welcome vocal coach to the stars, Annabel Williams, to deliver two brilliant vocal masterclasses.

Taking place in Guildford’s Electric Theatre, Williams showcased her quite extraordinary vocal range and detailed her route into industry. Williams highlighted » more

Kylie Minogue’s Live Band Deliver Three Rhythm Sessions to ACM Students

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On Thursday 20th November, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) was delighted to welcome back Kylie Minogue’s live band. Yamaha endorsed artists Dishan Abrahams (Bass Guitar) and Tom Meadows (Drums), plus Xenomania’s Luke Fitton (Guitar), delivered three very special rhythm workshops. While acting as a masterclass, » more

Earth, Wind & Fire’s Musical Director Mo Pleasure Visits ACM


ACM is privileged to be able to welcome the most prodigious music industry legends to Guildford and last week’s ACM Odeon Session Masterclass was no different. The wonderfully humble Mo Pleasure took the time out of his busy schedule to impart wisdom from his years on the international music scene and display his incredible array » more

Frank Turner Visits ACM


ACM were pleased to welcome singer/songwriter Frank Turner to deliver a masterclass session to a crowded Odeon Theatre. During the two hour session, Frank shared some of his experiences from the road and speaking about his journey through the music industry plus some extra special treats!

Frank Turner – A Student Review Sophiella Chappell – » more

Dean Humphreys – Sound Design Masterclass at ACM


ACM was pleased to welcome Dean Humphreys to Guildford who delivered a two hour Creative Sound Design masterclass on Wednesday 21st May.

About Dean Humphreys

Dean Humphrey’s is a renowned film and TV sound supervisor, sound designer, editor and mixer who’s television and film credit list is something to behold. Having also worked with some » more

Romesh Dodangoda – Funeral for a Friend / Bullet for my Valentine Producer Visits ACM


ACM was pleased to welcome record producer and mixer Romesh Dodangoda who has worked with Motorhead, Funeral for a Friend, Bullet for my Valentine, Kids and Glass Houses, will be visiting to deliver a masterclass as part of the continuing ACM Odeon Theatre Sessions.

The masterclass session, which took place on Friday 23rd May in » more

Roni Size – Metropolis Masterclass


On Saturday 14th June, ACM students were lucky enough to meet and hear from Mercury prize winning British producer and DJ, Roni Size.

This EXCLUSIVE event continued the ongoing ACM and Metropolis Partnership – an exciting new chapter in ACM’s history.

About Roni Size

Roni Size first came to prominence with the drum and » more

Velvet Revolver’s Dave Kushner – From Metal to Movies


ACM was excited to confirm that 60 lucky ACM students had the opportunity to meet and hear from Velvet Revolver rhythm guitarist and composer of music for film/television, Dave Kushner.

This EXCLUSIVE event continued the ongoing ACM and Metropolis Partnership – an exciting new chapter in ACM’s history.

About Dave Kushner

Although more recently known » more

Frank Turner – Singer/Songwriter to Visits ACM


ACM was excited to welcome english folk/punk singer/songwriter Frank Turner to Guildford as part of the ACM Odeon Sessions lecture series on 28th March 2014.

Having recently sold out London’s O2 arena, supported the likes of Biffy » more

Guitar & Bass Maintenance Clinic – Cadillac Guitars


ACM were pleased to welcome Robert van der Linde of Cadillac Guitars. Rob delivered a workshop on guitar and bass maintenance, including setups, preamps, pickups, and hardware. Rob will also explain overall guitar construction and the various woods used to get different sounds.

About Robert van der Linde and Cadillac Guitars

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Steve Lawson Bass Masterclass


ACM was pleased to welcome the highly respected session musician, clinician & solo bass performer Steve Lawson will delivering a Bass Masterclass on Wednesday 26th March.

About Bassist Steve Lawson

With 10 solo albums and 10 collaborative albums under his belt, bassist Steve Lawson would describe himself as a new-age, post-rock, ambient-jazz, solo-bassist.

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Kim Chandler – Vocal Masterclass Session Confirmed


ACM was pleased to welcome one of the UK’s leading session singers and contemporary vocal coaches, Kim Chandler who delivered a Vocal Masterclass on Tuesday 25th March.

About Kim Chandler

Kim Chandler (MMus (Dist) BMusEd AMusA) has coached high-profile clients such as Courtney Love, Paloma Faith, Katy B, Laura Mvula, Hannah Reid (London Grammar), » more

Kelis Performs at Metropolis Studios


ACM was excited to be able to invite 30 lucky ACM students to Metropolis Studios to watch Grammy nominated US singer/songwriter Kelis as she performed an intimate one-off-show gig to support her forthcoming new album, ‘Food’.

Kelis and her live band performed the new album in full, in Metropolis Studio A, with up to 30 » more

Jeff Berlin Bass Masterclass


ACM is pleased to confirm that legendary bass guitarist Jeff Berlin will be visiting Guildford to deliver a bass masterclass session on Tuesday 4th March. The ticketed session will take place in Room 14 of ACM’s Rodboro Building between 4-6pm.

Tickets for this masterclass session are extremely limited and will be made available at ACM’s » more

Sharleen Linton Vocal Masterclass Series


ACM is pleased to confirm that vocalist and ACM Artist in Residence Sharleen Linton will delivering a Vocal Masterclass series; the first of which starts on Tuesday 18th February. The first ticketed session will took place in Room 14 of ACM’s Rodboro Building between 4-6pm.

The next of the ‘Vocal Mini Series’ will be announced » more

Killzone Mercenary / Killzone – Shadow Fall Sound Designer to Visit ACM


ACM is pleased to confirm that Sony Computer Entertainment sound designer, Dylan Vadamootoo will be visiting Guildford to deliver a Creative Sound Design (CSD) masterclass session on Wednesday 19th February 2014.

The two hour session starting at 4pm, will take place in Room 12 of the Rodboro Building.

More about Sound Designer Dylan Vadamootoo » more

Drummer and Music Agent Bob Knight Visits ACM


ACM was pleased to welcome back Bob Knight who delivered a masterclass session on Wednesday 5th February 2014. The two hour session took place in Demo 2 of ACM’s Artist and Development Centre and focused on Bob’s wealth of experience as a drummer and music industry agent.

Bob is regarded as one of the » more