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West Suffolk College music student to join Kylie Minogue tour for backstage experience

PUBLISHED: 12:11 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 12 February 2018

Orion Nichol, who is gaining work experience with the stage team on the Kylie Minogue tour. Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COLLEGE

Orion Nichol, who is gaining work experience with the stage team on the Kylie Minogue tour. Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COLLEGE

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A music technology student from Sudbury will gain a unique insight into the industry next month with a work experience placement on Kylie Minogue’s tour.

Orion Nichol, who attends West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds, used his grandad’s childhood friendship with Kylie’s tour manager to get the backstage experience.

The 17-year-old student will be working in London for a week through Kylie’s rehearsals and a show – helping to create the set while working alongside the sound, tech and lighting teams.

Orion said: “You have to take opportunities where you find them. We are told to go to shows and give out our cards and talk to everybody as well as promoting ourselves on social media.

“I have kept my grandad’s friend up to date with my progress on the course and now I have the biggest opportunity I have ever had.”

Joe Stocking, course director for music, music tech and electronic music, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity which has arisen through hard work and perseverance.

“Orion has developed outstanding stage management and live production skills throughout his time on the music technology course, but he also understands the importance of networking and going the extra mile – this is something that we really push all our students to do.

“This opportunity will open up further doors to him.”

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