Today was Music Industry day and Ambitions Engagement and Support Adviser, Lea Thomas, arranged a truly engaging line-up for our young people. Phil Webber, David Hayes and Len Collum of Stringworks came to share all of their industry knowledge and this made for a truly interactive session.
“I studied OND and HND in Musical Instrument Technology at the London College of Furniture 1983-87 and since then I have lived and worked in west Cornwall with my wife Jill.
“I have built many stringed instruments in the family of guitar, lute and mandolin. These have been made on commission for a range of performing musicians.
“I also carry out instrument set-ups and repairs.” – Len Collum
Here is a little more information about classical guitarist, musician and tutor, David Hayes:
David started playing guitar at aged 14, going on to perform his own material in an acoustic duo where he gained valuable experience playing and singing around the London folk clubs. He became fascinated with the classical and flamenco style, and inspired by the Maestro Segovia, devoted may years to studying the technique. After taking encouragement and advice from the renowned Spanish Guitar centre in London, he became a resident guitarist at the Piaf Restaurant in Wimbledon.
A move to Cornwall followed, where he began successfully performing at weddings and corporate events. Drawing on his vast experience he also gives private tuition on the guitar.
He is also now resident guitarist at the Budock Vean Hotel.