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Music Director Shares Showbiz Stories at the Hub

posted 5 May 2015

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He has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and helped put Cookham on the map – and on Thursday evening, award-winning music producer Stuart Epps shared some enlightening showbiz stories at the Media Hub.!


The networking group, set up by Parfitt Media and to bring media types together, met at the Bel & the Dragon in Cookham. And the two hosts and Cookham-based journalists, myself and my good friend Sarah Parfitt, were delighted to have Stuart as our special guest.!


During his 45-year career, Stuart has worked with iconic artists such as Led Zeppelin, Bill Wyman, Chris Rea, Elton John, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Paul Weller and Chris de Burgh. And Media Hub members and new attendees listened, engrossed, to Stuart’s anecdotes about his life; the world-famous Mill Studios that put Cookham village on the map; and enjoyed a glimpse into the lives of some of their pop idols.!


Stuart says: ‘Is was very nice to connect with the Media Hub and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I have always felt privileged to have a career that I’m passionate about and was happy to share my stories. I’ve been making music in Cookham since 1976 and to experience an album or a song taking shape from the demo version to the final master is a great feeling.’! 

Journalist, media trainer and consultant Sarah Parfitt says: 'The Media Hub will be two years old in June and it continues to grow, which is very exciting. On Thursday nigh,t we had a surprise visit from two musicians from Sierra Leone, Showers and Usifu Jalloh, who drove down from London to be with us straight after doing a live TV interview. We are above all a very welcoming club - some members just come for a social catch-up, and others have started working together on different projects.’!


Freelance journalist and Editor of Sarah Rodi says: ‘Our members turned out in full force to hear Stuart talk - the garden room at the Bel & the Dragon was packed! He is a great speaker and everyone loved the music clips and videos, and were queuing up to chat to the man himself afterwards and ask their questions. We were even spoilt with a surprise visit mid-speech from Ultimate Elton - a good friend of Stuart’s! As usual, our guests enjoyed drinks and complimentary canapes afterwards while networking.’!

We would like to thank their sponsors Cloud DNA, the Stanley Spencer Gallery for the use of their screen and the Bel & the Dragon for hosting the event, Mah Images and Caroline Field Photography.!


The next Media Hub will be at 7.30pm on 8th June at Moor Hall, where British gold medal winning Olympic swimmer and Lane4 Managing Director Adrian Moorhouse will be the guest speaker. To register for the Media Hub, you need to join the Facebook page at groups/MediaHub/. Booking via Eventbrite is also essential, or tickets for the next event will be available from The Stationery Depot in Cookham.!

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