Bucks New University graduates Roy Bates (right) and Ian Bonner with Giles Orford of Focusrite.
UK - A pair of Audio and Music Production graduates from Buckinghamshire New University have won awards from leading music equipment manufacturer Focusrite for the quality of their work.

Roy Bates, 31, and Ian Bonner, 21, received their degrees and were presented with the Focusrite Prize for Best Music Production Recording during a graduation ceremony at the Wycombe Swan theatre in High Wycombe.

The award is made in recognition of what Focusrite considers to be the best recording produced by graduates at the University. The company has worked with the University for several years and the award was introduced in 2009.

Both students gained a 2:1 in their degrees. Roy and Ian's award-winning work saw them produce a two-track EP where they recorded, mixed and mastered tracks for Colourshop, a singer/songwriter music project created by brothers Alfredo and Diego Salvati, from London.

Roy said: "I think it's a great honour to win this award, but it wouldn't have been possible without a few different people.

"The artists Colourshop came to us with some fantastic material and produced great performances; Ian's talents shone throughout the process; and we enjoyed great support from our fellow student George Belben who helped out with ideas and advice."

Roy is now working as an Audio Technician at Bucks New University and Ian is a trainee live audio technician and operator at Moonlite Productions in Southern Road, Aylesbury.

Giles Orford, marketing director for Focusrite, said, "Focusrite has been proud to once again sponsor the Focusrite Award for Best Production at Bucks New University.

"The quality of production on the tracks produced by Roy and Ian was extremely high and we offer huge congratulations to them on winning the award."

(Jim Evans)

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