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Access to Music set for full move to Epic Studios in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 August 2013

Epic Studios in Magdalen Street in Norwich.
Photo: Bill Smith
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Epic Studios in Magdalen Street in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith .

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Music students in Norwich could be set to enjoy a raft of new facilities if the city’s Access to Music college is granted permission for a new headquarters.

Jonathan Thursby, owner of Epic Studios in Magdalen Street, Norwich.  Photo: Bill SmithJonathan Thursby, owner of Epic Studios in Magdalen Street, Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

The music college is planning to move from its King Street base to Epic Studios, the former Anglia Television studios in Magdalen Street.

Norwich City Council’s planning committee will meet on Thursday and will decide whether to grant planning permission for the ground floor of Epic to be converted.

The application is for extensive alterations to be made to convert the existing 257sqm ground floor floorspace to 1,028sqm.

This would be achieved by converting existing office space, TV studios, galleries, stores, control rooms, workspaces and editing suites into facilities for Access to Music.

At the moment the music college, which is part of a national chain, already has 110 students and staff based at Epic.

If planning permission is granted on Thursday this will increase to a maximum of 240 students and 25 staff, with the college leaving its sites in King Street and St George’s Street to consolidate at Epic.

Council officers are recommending the committee approves the plans, subject to section 106 planning obligations being agreed, including £5,000 for more cycle storage in the area.

Jonathan Thursby, owner of Epic Studios, said: “We are delighted to welcome Access To Music fully to Epic Studios. We know they are a leading centre for aspiring musicians and we are pleased that we can support their ambitions.

“We’ve been pleased some of the Access To Music students have taken part in Epic performances here and at the festivals we have organised.

“With our expertise and facilities for filming, it promises to be an exciting collaboration.”

The King Street site was initially home to the Noisebox rehearsal and recording project, which moved there from its Mountergate home in 1997 to host Access to Music courses.

In 2001, Access to Music bought the Noisebox building and since has taught musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Ria Ritchie and members of The Kabeedies.

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