Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Friday 01 January 2016

Brighton Students Gain Music Biz Insights From Local Impresario

Music Performance & Production students at City College Brighton and Hove recently gained some valuable insights from local music impresario, Jim Walker. 

Since founding Americana/Roots live music specialists Brighthelmstone Promotions with his partner Amy in 2012, Jim has branched out into artist management and co-running anew Brighton-based record labelAt The Helm, which has an international roster of acts.


With a degree in Film Media & Culture, James went on to be a Business Development Manager for a FTSE company before combining his business acumen with a lifelong love of music and turning it into a full-time career.
"As well as creating and distributing their own music, our students are supported to put on their own live music events so Jim's advice about the day-to-day realities of the music business and what does and doesn"t work was invaluable," says City College's Music Course Leader, Steven Hopkins.

"Chatting to them about his experience of putting on events, releasing records and managing acts, and the challenges he"s faced doing so, gave them a lot to think about." 

Jim.adds: "As a born and bred Brightonian, it was really interesting and rewarding to meet young local artists and producers with a passion for music and a genuine curiosity about the workings of the music industry." 

"It's great to have made this link with my local College and I"d be happy to offer advice and support to Steven and his students in the future."

For more information on Music courses at City College, call 01273 667759, or see

by: Mike Cobley


Mark Dawson Photography

American Idiot, which plays Theatre Royal Brighton, this April, is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world.
Credit Kash Yusuf

For Reginald D Hunter, nothing beats the buzz of stand-up. The American comedian says that: “It's the only time of day that everyone I'm talking to is smiling. It's the only time of day that people are very happy to see me – I can't even count on that from my own family!” 

Several hundred local people from Extinction Rebellion held a funeral for life on Earth in central Brighton, at the weekend – to sound the alarm about the looming threat of human and other species extinction, as a result climate breakdown. 

A new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley's seminal 1818 gothic horror novel Frankenstein is set to depict Shelley onstage at Theatre Royal Brighton, as she unfolds her monstrous tale of creature and creator.
Credit Steve Ullathorne

He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. That's just the half of it. Multi-award-winning comedian Chris McCausland tells all ahead of bringing his show, Speaky Blinder, to Brighton as part of his debut national tour. 

Over the past three and a half decades, Primal Scream have embraced everything from psychedelic pop to degenerate rock'n'roll; euphoric rave to industrial gloom. 

London-based songwriter Edith is a force to be reckoned with for 2019. Working with The Sonic Crew (Idris Elba/ Diplo/ Lethal Bizzle) has brought her distinctive brand of pop music to life. 
Photo by Helen Maybanks

Thriller fans are clearly in for a treat when director Anthony Banks promises the stage adaptation of The Girl On The Train - playing Theatre Royal Brighton, this June - "is absolutely packed with twists and turns”. 

The idea behind Il Divo, who appear at the Brighton Centre, in June, was to form a multinational quartet of talented young singers to recreate the quality of Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. 
Credit Darren Bell

Hormonal Housewives is billed as a witty, topical, rude and extremely funny three hander which is a no-holds-barred show that blasts its way through a catalogue of women's bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, celebrity gossip, and a lot of chocolate.

Supported by Jools Holland, and run by charity Music for All, the 2019 Learn to Play Day will take place this coming weekend and will see music shops, teachers, venues and schools throughout the county partner with leading musical instrument makers to offer thousands of free music lessons.

To many, David Baddiel is known for his award-winning work as a comedian and presenter; including Newman and Baddiel, Fantasy Football, Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned and his platinum number one single Three Lions.

The first ever Brighton Comedy Garden plants its roots this June with five nights of stand-up comedy presented in a boutique festival at Preston Park.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd