Former Lewisham Southwark College student Stephen MacLellan – who now works for Yamaha Music London – recently visited the college for a special workshop for our music learners. Students got the low-down on what it’s like to study music at university, and how to turn their love of music into an exciting career!

Since completing his BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice seven years ago, Stephen went on to do a degree in popular music studies at the University of Liverpool and is now Business Development Executive at Yamaha Music London.

In the workshop, he talked about the degree programme he studied, which was a mix of musicology, audio visual, performance technology and composition. He also gave some useful tips on handling university life – from dealing with student loans to getting the right balance between partying and work.

Students got the chance to discuss their ambitions and ask Stephen questions like how they could develop particular skills, what career direction they should take and what it takes to be successful in the music business.

“It wasn’t a ‘go to university’ talk,” says Stephen, “it was more: how do you get from A to B?  It’s really key that students know what path they need to follow to get where they want to go. Things like turning up on time, answering your emails, being on it, being sharp…these are the kind of life skills that will give you a head start wherever you go next.”

Students found the workshop valuable and some have since said they are now reconsidering the possibility of going to university.



Level 3 first year dancers under the tuition of Course Leader Emily Phelps, are participating in the Rambert Elements performance competition, which ‘gives schools and colleges across the UK the chance to create and perform an original dance piece inspired by a leading choreographer associated with Rambert.

And now, we’re delighted to hear from Emily that they’ve gone through to the finals, having competed against 36 pieces across six regional platforms!

“This is such good news and attributable to Emily’s excellent choreography and training,” said Karla Ptáček, Head of Performing Arts at Lewisham Southwark College. “The students have had to work phenomenally hard to get to this stay and and we can’t wait to see how they get on in the final platform.”

Emily Phelps, Course Leader for Dance, said: “The group are demonstrating exceptional focus and drive in this competition. I’m very proud of their progress so far and they should feel really happy with their achievement.”

The final platform will be held at the Peacock Theatre on Tuesday 28 June 2016.

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Some of our media and music learners recently got to work alongside the BBC Introducing project, designed to ‘support unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians’.

The BBC will send up to four different up-and-coming artists/acts, with label or management support, to perform their music to camera at Waterloo. We recently had our first shoot with Kyko.

Our Level 3 media students then filmed their performances as part of a multi-camera TV studio setup, and conducted interviews with the artists whilst our music foundation degree learners acted as audio engineers.

The finished video and audio was broadcast via their website and radio, with possible links being forged for work experience at the BBC.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for our students to get first-hand insight, and soak up more about the industry,” said Jack Thrush, Music & Media Technician at Lewisham Southwark College. “The final results were excellent and they should feel proud with their efforts.”

The first shoot took place with artist Kyko, and the project will run until Easter with three other artists or bands coming in to film.

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Above: picture of the plaque being awarded. David Harrild - Head of Department, Goran Milovanovic – Head Chef and the Chair of the accreditation panel who awarded the plaque Sean Wheeler, Director of People Development, Starwood Capital.


The Phoenix Restaurant, based at London’s Lewisham Southwark College, has been awarded an AA College Rosette in recognition of the high standard of food and service.

The plaque was formally given on 9th March at the Hilton Hotel in Greenwich, after an initial winning announcement in February.

Head of the College’s Service Industries, David Harrild, reflected: “It’s wonderful to have received such an acknowledgement, and our students should feel very proud of their hard work. Our catering and hospitality students prepare food and serve it at The Phoenix Restaurant so this is an amazing achievement for everyone involved.”

The Phoenix is the only college training restaurant in London to have been awarded an AA Rosette and demonstrates how our students are being trained to excellent industry standards.


Our higher education drama students took over a Georgian Chapel or their final major performance project, ‘The Overcoat’.  The elegant and dilapidated chapel was an ideal location for this eccentric and surreal production of Gogol’s classic 19th century story, which was adapted by the students under the direction of Tilly Edwards.  The plot revolves around an actual overcoat that comes to represent both status and security for the central character, Akakli. Gogols knew about poverty and he understood how drams, even very small ones like owning a new overcoat, can be a life support.  ‘The Overcoat’ speaks of the impersonality and casual cruelty of office life; about vanity and self-delusion, but with compassion and humour. 

“The quality of this production befits a degree level production both in terms of production quality and also in terms of performance” reflected Karla Ptáček, Head of Performing Arts at Lewisham Southwark College. “The HNC/HND students have applied their learning this year in voice production, physical theatre, and alternative acting styles to produce a high quality and thought provoking piece of theatre.  The audience clearly loved it and one of our H.E partners, University of East London, has invited all performers to audition for their ‘top up’ degree in April. This is a testament to our experienced tutors and innovative approach to teaching and learning”

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped put this together and made it possible including Ben Jacobs, a final-year student studying lighting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, working with us on placement from Central.”

Our HND students will now move on to BA acting degrees or second/third-year 'top up degrees', following completion of their course.

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In a report, an external examiner has said of our level 4 & 5 drama provision:  ‘The HNC/HND programme at Lewisham Southwark College develops skills that are broad, highly creative, contemporary and beyond the normal fare of HND unit delivery.’

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If you’re interested in pursuing performing arts, why not take a look at our website? You never know … you might just find your perfect study programme.

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