NatWest helps famous Manchester music college open London campus

NatWest helps famous Manchester music college open London campus

School of Sound Recording ("SSR'), the famous music college which has helped shape some of Manchester's most iconic bands, has opened a site in London.

SSR has invested more than £400k to transform an old piano factory in Camden Town into a modern education facility, providing training and education across a range of disciplines including audio and sound engineering, music, TV and film production.

The first students enrolled at SSR London this month and a second intake is scheduled for September. SSR London has created 15 new jobs and can accommodate up to 150 students.

Wendy Breakell, Director of Education at SSR, said: "We began this project more than 12 months ago and are delighted to be able to welcome our first students to SSR London. We have always attracted a high number of students from the South of England to study in Manchester and therefore it made sense to open a site in the capital. The vision for SSR London mirrors our development in Manchester in that we plan to grow by delivering courses that conform to the highest professional standards."

SSR Manchester has developed into one of the country's leading music education centres. The Ardwick campus is home to more than 300 students and offers a wide range of vocational and education courses. Established 25 years ago by John Breakell, SSR has seen some of the city's best known bands use its recording and rehearsal facilities. These include The Smiths, Happy Mondays and Stone Roses.

Janette Martin from NatWest and Jackie Grundy from Lombard, the bank's asset finance arm, provided funding to support the launch of SSR London.

NatWest Relationship Janette Martin, said: "SSR has gained an excellent reputation in this market due to the quality of teaching and facilities it can offer students. We are very happy to support their plans."

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