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Lissy Nicholson


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I especially loved the opportunity to work with other musicians in a band

After completing her GCSEs at West Craven High, Lissy went on to study an Advanced Diploma in Music at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre. Her love for performing flourished during her time spent at the College with the numerous opportunities provided to her. 

Excelling in her studies, she now reads Music: Popular Music and Recording at University of Salford.

Lissy wishes to be a performing Musician and Songwriter after her degree, following all the amazing opportunities she has had as part of her course at Burnley College, helping her to find her voice.


I especially loved the opportunity to work with other musicians in a band



While on her Music course, Lissy performed in the theatre every term and had the opportunity to visit and perform at The Grande in Clitheroe, at College Open Events and Award Events which she enjoyed very much.  “Being part of a band, it was an amazing opportunity to perform on a larger scale than what we’re used to!” Lissy also has been on trips to the British Music Experience in Liverpool, AMS Neve Factory and Showroom and had visiting speakers including Joe Clegg (Ellie Goulding’s musical director), Angela Chan (violinist with Placebo) and Vocal Coach Emma Williams. She was able to record an EP and continue to perform at gigs with the knowledge and confidence she gained through her time at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre.


Karl Eden

Music Technology

Having a plethora of experience in the Music Industry, Karl teaches Music and Music Technology at Levels 2 and 3, at A Level and at Degree Level study. Attending Salford and Huddersfield University was just the beginning for Karl having become a Recording Studio Technician and an A Level Music Teacher at Nelson and Colne College.

Karl has now worked at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre for 19 years and greatly enjoys teaching music to his aspiring student musicians.

“Music and sound are such powerful mediums yet are completely intangible. That fact alone is quite magical.”


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