ICMP students performing as Poison and Flames enjoyed a trip to visit music school Fontys Rockcademie in the Netherlands and played music festival Eurosonic thanks to our ICMP partner network. 

Francesco Pio Ricci, Natalie Miya-Fluxman, Duncan McTaggart and Tega Mendes are students from the BA Creative Musicianship and BMus courses who formed the band within 24 hours of learning about the opportunity. They were joined on the tour by music production student David Smith.

As part of the trip, Poison and Flames took part in a songwriting workshop at Fontys in Tilburg and a masterclass with Dutch artist Joe Buck.

They also played gigs in Tilburg alongside a show in Groningen as part of music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag on the Altersonic stage.

Commenting on the trip, Francesco said:

'It was a brilliant formative experience I’d recommend to anyone. Sharing a songwriting moment with someone is a really intimate situation. So co-writing with people we'd not met before on the trip was a daunting and great - it put everyone on a different level from the start."

Natalie added:

None of us were really sure what to expect from the people or what style they were gonna be used to. But after the jam session everyone felt more comfortable and relaxed. The first gig really broke the ice and everyone felt supported thanks to the exchange at Fontys." 

The ICMP partner network is a way for ICMP to identify and connect with schools who share the same values and commitment to quality education. 

David Howells, ICMP commerical director, said: "Through the network schools may share good practice, provide support and guidance on development, promote the value of contemporary music education and provide exciting developmental opportunities to all students."

International Partners 

Find out more about our network of international partners, including networks in USA, Mexico, Europe, and South Korea.

If you want to take advantage of these international opportunities and expand your networks, then join us on a course here at ICMP. 

Our Admissions Team are on hand to help you, call them on 020 7328 0222 or email enquiries@icmp.ac.uk

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