As part of a partnership that the University has with the programme BBC Introducing, students from the School of Media Production and Performance had the opportunity to mix and record three of Natasha North's tracks as well as film and edit her performance on campus. The show will be aired on BBC Three Counties Radio and the BBC Introducing website this Saturday.
Daniel Garise, who is in his final year of a BA (Hons) Film and Television Production degree, said: "This is my first experience as a producer and it's been exciting and challenging to make sure everything runs smoothly.
"We first started talking to Natasha and her team a couple of weeks ago to finalise the track list and to find out what we need to mix and how the day should run. It's been a great experience for me and very rewarding to work on a show such as BBC Introducing."
The show, which was recorded in the University's recording studio in the main Gateway building, enabled students to get a taste of what it is like to work in the media production industry and to put into practice the skills they have learned throughout their studies.
Lecturer Daniel Peters, who supervises students studying BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production, commented: "These sessions give final year students the opportunity to work in a professional scenario. From pre-production, to the shoot and then to post-production, students are expected to liaise with industry professionals, hit strict deadlines and produce work fit for broadcast."
Natasha North said of her experience at the University: "It has been extremely professional and everyone knows exactly what they are doing. The students have been brilliant at sorting everything out."
Students previously recorded band The Scruff for BBC Introducing, and the series is due to continue featuring student recordings as part of its ongoing partnership with the University.
The latest artist the students worked with was singer/songwriter Alex Bay and guitarist Kaid Hussain.
Student Adam Taylor, studying BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production, said: "I really enjoyed the experience of having Alex Bay in for a live shoot.
"Having the challenge of an outside artist coming in gives you some real life experience you cannot get in lectures. It was unpredictable and forced us to think on our feet and problem-solve. Challenging and fun!"
Main picture: Artist Natasha North is recorded by students in The Gateway recording studio.
Second picture: Alex Bay with students following his recording.