Tutor: Kit Ashton

Kit Ashton is a vocalist, guitarist, producer, and ethnomusicologist.

He is currently a PhD student at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where his research is investigating the ways in which applied ethnomusicology can help revitalise endangered languages, with a focus on the critically endangered language of Jèrriais in his home island of Jersey.  Kit has two decades of broad experience in popular music, music education and more recently, ethnomusicology.

He has worked with a range of musicians and genres, from function bands and theatre pit bands, to one-off original projects, to touring with BRIT-nominated soul diva Carleen Andersen and Mercury-nominated Thomas White (Electric Soft Parade). As a singer-songwriter signed to Orange Room Music, Kit’s debut album (2010) was produced by Mark Edwards (Paul Weller, Katie Melua) and Colin Walker (Van Morrison, Art Garfunkel), and partly mixed by BRIT award winning producer Mike Crossey (The Arctic Monkeys, The 1975). Kit’s current band, Badlabecques, are unique in that they sing in the language of Jèrriais.

Kit gained his undergraduate degree at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and received his Masters with distinction at Goldsmiths College. He is also a filmmaker and vlogger, with his own musicology-themed YouTube channel.

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A great song can become truly timeless, remembered for generations as part of the world’s cultural legacy. Whether you want to craft a killer melody or pen poetic lyrics, our tutors will teach you everything you want to know, including all the production, performance, professional and entrepreneurial skills needed to ensure that your unique creations get the recognition they deserve. You’ll also benefit from A&R-style critique sessions, collaborative opportunities, access to fully equipped live rooms, recording studios and tech suites, and a community of inspiring contacts and friends.

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