Experience the ICMP community

like one of our own.

If you're looking to study one of our Bass courses, our experience days are FREE hands-on taster sessions held at our ICMP London campus.  Each Experience day is made up of workshops, classes and masterclass sessions, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills, master new techniques, interact with your potential tutors and meet your fellow class members.

Masterclasses, recording sessions and facilities tour

The day runs from 11am to 4pm, with lunch included. You will attend a morning and afternoon session: during the morning session, you will be put into groups and attend a 2 hours masterclass in bass technique, while during the afternoon session you will participate in a genre specific class held by our bass tutors. 

In between, you'll get to have a tour of the ICMP campus in Kilburn, guided by our staff; you'll be able to see our fantastic facilities, from our classrooms and performance studios, to our recording studios and tech labs.

Following the tour, you'll meet the team at The Hub, our music industry experts and career counselors, which will explain and talk you through their role in helping shape the careers and opportunities of our students.

Discover the ICMP community

Please note, we currently have no Experience Days planned for 2019. However, we hold regular Open Days and Backstage Pass Tours, these are the perfect chance to discover more about ICMP and your future music career.



We regularly hold Experience Days for all disciplines throughout the year. If you'd like to know about the next one, contact our team:

By phone: 020 7328 0222

By email: enquiries@icmp.ac.uk


Laurence CottleBass

Laurence is credited with appearances on over 100 albums. He has recorded with Alan Price, Van Morrison, Brian Eno, Seal, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath, and Mike Oldfield. The bass player with Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Pee Wee Ellis’s Funk Assembly, and a regular part of Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, his jazz credentials are impeccable, including work with the likes of Jim Mullen, Django Bates, Gary Husband, Jason Rebello and Al Jarreau.
Laurence Cottle | Bass Tutor | ICMP London

Vinzenz BenjaminBass

Some of Vinzenz’s touring and recording engagements including playing with Go West, Sister Sledge, Kim Wilde, Cheryl Cole, Rick Astley, Holly Johnson, Nik Kershaw, Tony Hadley, Kimberley Walsh, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Somerville, Candi Staton, Belinda Carlisle, Shaznay Lewis, T’Pau, ABC, Kid Creole, Marc Almond, and Bananarama.
Vinzenz Benjamin | Bass Tutor | ICMP London

Nathan WilliamsBass

Having worked with the likes of Gruff Rhys, Joss Stone, Huw Warren and Herbie Flowers, Nathan is comfortable working in all contemporary genres and performance situations on bass, drums, keys, guitar and voice. He is an accomplished composer and arranger of both commissioned work and original repertoire. His unique approach to bass playing has earned him endorsements with Cort basses and Ampeg amplification. In 2017, Nathan joined the touring band of the internationally renowned Jamiroquai.
Nathan Williams
Professional Music Facilities

During the Experience Days, you will get a chance to tour our fantastic facilities. At ICMP, we are committed to investing in the best teaching and learning environment for our students, with the latest equipment always available. 

We offer our music students many large live performance rooms with stages, together with sound-isolation booths across both our buildings. Students also have access to a comprehensive range of industry-standard recording and production facilities. This includes exclusive access to our electronic music production studio, our production booth and mobile recording rigs & recording booths.

And did you know? All ICMP students can use our music facilities for personal practice free of charge outside of time tabled hours, and we are open 7 days a week!

The Hub at ICMP

You will also meet and talk to the team at The Hub during your experience day. The Hub is the link between the classroom, the music industry and your future career, providing the students with a wide range of advice and guidance, including one to one sessions with professional music industry advisers and career guidance professionals.

Run by a team of music industry professionals and experienced careers counsellors, the team is on hand from day one to support ICMP students in taking the first steps towards a career in the music industry or in wider employment. Their support doesn't end at graduation, as they keep providing advice and help to our ICMP graduates whenever they need. 


Árni Hjörvar Arnason (The Vaccines)Bass

While studying at the ICMP, Árni Hjörvar Arnason was a very busy bassist taking advantage of every opportunity that came his way, playing with Judy and Bailey Tzuke on tour, Sony/RCA signed band, The New Devices and JJ Pistolet. From his presence in the vibrant live music scene of Camden and Shoreditch, Arni built his name as a fantastic bassist and together with JJ Pistolet has put together the successful band The Vaccines.
Árni Hjörvar

Sandy Beales (One Direction)Bass

Sandy Beales was an ICMP student when we were known as BassTech. He’s toured the world with One Direction, the most popular UK band since The Beatles, for over 4 years. When asked about how he landed this incredible gig, he replied: “In the Autumn of 2011 they held auditions in London, and fortunately I fit the bill for what they were looking for. Since then it’s all gone a bit crazy. From what we originally thought would be a UK tour became two world tours and performances on many of the world’s most prestigious TV shows and awards ceremonies.”
Sandy Beales

Drew McConnell (Liam Gallagher & Babyshambles)Bass

Drew McConnell is a BMus graduate and is the bass guitarist and backing vocalist with Babyshambles, the band formed and fronted by frontman of The Libertines, Pete Doherty. Formerly in the band Elviss, Drew participates in a number of side-projects, such as The Phoenix Drive and playing double bass and piano with Irish singer/songwriter Fionn Regan as well as writing and recording solo material.
Drew McConnell | Babyshambles, Liam Gallagher