The Beatles’ sound engineer joins Leeds Beckett University

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A legendary producer-engineer for artists including The Beatles and David Bowie will be passing on his expertise to students at Leeds Beckett University.

Ken Scott has been appointed Visiting Senior Lecturer in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts.

His 50-year career in the recording industry began when he got a job in the tape library at Abbey Road studios in London aged 16.

He quickly worked his way up to the position of assistant engineer, where his first session was on side two of Beatles album A Hard Day’s Night and eventually became recording engineer on Magical Mystery Tour and the White Album.

Ken said: “I was lucky enough to start in the recording business by getting what I consider to be the best training ever and because of that I feel it essential for me to bring at least some of what I learned to the young and upcoming engineers and producers in this fast-changing world of music.

“It is with this in mind that I am pleased and extremely proud to be given this opportunity to be able to bring my experience to the students of Leeds Beckett University.”

Ken worked with a host of other big names in popular music including Pink Floyd and the Hollies before moving to independent studio Trident.

There he received three Grammy nominations and saw millions of records sold with artists such as Elton John and George Harrison.

Andrew Fryer, head of the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts, said: “Students within the School now have a unique opportunity to work closely with a legendary figure from within the music industry, whose achievements and masterclasses in record production are renowned throughout the world.”

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