Paul Hose

Congratulations to Professor Gilman

Congratulations to my friend, Professor Mark Gilman who recently passed his grade 3 in music!

Dr Mark Gilman is Professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City Business School and Head of CEIG. He joined BCU in 2015, moving from his post as Director of The Centre for Employment, Competitiveness & Growth at Kent Business School.

Mark has been drumming for a few years and has taken lessons with me for almost three years. He is currently working towards his grade four in music performance.

AIR students at X4M, Turin near their first exam sitting

Preparations are in full swing as AIR students at X4M, Turin near their first exam sitting.

In October 2017, a group of students at Italian music school, X4M – perform school of musicians began working on the Artist in Residence course.

The course is designed to work along with and enhance an existing curriculum that is offered at a music school. The course aims to advance people’s musicality and prepares individuals to take both non accredited and accredited qualifications in music.

I visited the group of students last week. I was very proud to see how hard they are all working. I expect all of the participants to do very well.

Paul Hose Artist In Residence Turin
Paul Hose Artist In Residence Turin

A to Z of working in and surviving the modern music industry

The modern music industry is an interesting and dynamic industry in which to work.

It will however require you to have a plethora of skills that reach far beyond that of playing your instrument. This informal guide serves as a self help reminder for me as much as anything else.

You can watch all 26 of the short videos that I made by following this link. Alternatively you can watch “A – Attitude” below.

Why I attend the NAMM show

The NAMM Show is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music.

I am an author, a music teacher, a school owner, a retailer and a musician. Attending NAMM is very important as it ensures that the service I give in Nottingham is second to none!

What inspired me to play the drums

A question that I am often asked: what inspired me to play the drums? My journey began back in 1985.

England was enjoying a beautiful summer and as our final year at junior school approached, my friends and I were treated to a school trip to London. The trip included a tour of Wembley Stadium.

The tour ended on the famous Wembley Stadium pitch and I will never forget seeing that it looked like a building site. I asked a steward what was happening and her response; “there is a concert here next weekend.”

One week later I was sat at our family home and my Dad called me to sit down and “watch this amazing band!” The band was Queen and the event was Live Aid. I was 10.

I can remember watching their performance and being spellbound by the raw quality of their music and my eyes were fixated on the drummer, Roger Taylor. His kit looked like some kind of spaceship.

Roger Taylor - Live Aid 1985
Roger Taylor – Live Aid 1985

Both my Dad and Granddad were drummers and I enjoyed seeing them play as I was growing up. I had no concept that people gathered in their thousands to listen music. I was hooked! I new I had to play the drums from that moment on and I signed up for drum lessons in September of 1985.

Queen – Live Aid

If your new year’s resolution is to play a musical instrument, don’t delay! Sign up for music lessons today.

Queen News of the World at 40

I watched a fantastic documentary last night on the BBC iPlayer by Bob Harris. The film followed rock gods, Queen on tour in 1977 and celebrated the 40th anniversary of the album, News of the World.

The film was candid. It was a real treat to see the band in the studio recording hits from the album such as We Are The Champions and My Melancholy Blues. It reminded me of just how raw the album is – especially considering that it follows A Night at the Opera and A Day At The Races.

It was interesting to see the band being human, their guards down – Freddie playing the drums during sound checks, having fun with each other and telling each other to f**k off – all very human and quite frankly, all very normal. Delightful.

The film served to re-enforce my belief that Queen still continue to be the best stadium rock band that ever walked the earth and I for one will be rushing out today to buy a new copy of the album!

The film is still available (correct at the time this article was published) on the iPlayer. Go and check it out!

About the album

News of the World is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 28 October 1977 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. It went 4x platinum in the United States, and achieved high certifications around the world, selling over 6 million copies. Wikipedia.

Queen New of the World
Queen New of the World

A.I.R. Turin continues to grow in popularity

x4m perform school of musicians in Turin now has 19 students studying on my Artist In Residence (A.I.R.) course and it is set to grow in popularity.

The course (A.I.R.) aims to get a group of students ready to sit either a Trinity College (London) or a RSL Awards graded exam, either grade 3 for competent beginners, grade 5 for lower intermediates and grade 8 for higher intermediates. X4M in Turin now has 2 classes running simultaneously.

On November 11th guitarist, Lee Wrathe and I flew to Turin to deliver the latest instalment of the course.

Paul Hose Nottingham - Torino
Paul Hose Nottingham – Torino

The class was given on the Sunday and it was a complete success. Support courses have now been launched on

To find out more about this exciting course, please email Paul.

Beautiful Milan Cathederal -
Beautiful Milan Cathederal –

Natal Drum Kits Now In Stock At Abbey Road Music

I have been a proud endorser of Natal Drums since their launch in 2011. I am delighted to announce that Natal drum kits are now in stock at Abbey Road Music.

Natal Arcadia at Abbey Road Music Nottingham
Natal Arcadia at Abbey Road Music Nottingham

Having Natal Drums in stock is an exciting and logical progression for us as it further boosts our commitment to providing both our customers at Abbey Road Music and our students at MLC Academy with the best instruments possible at an affordable price.