Paul Conroy studied Teacher Training at Newman University in the late 1960’s before embarking on a journey to become a music agent in London. Some of the bands he managed include; Spice Girls, George Michael, Meatloaf, Massive Attack and The Verve.

We decided to speak to Paul and find out about his time here at Newman and about how he got into the music industry.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my year at Newman

Not only the course but also the people I met, and being so close to the centre of Birmingham. The staff were excellent and nothing was too much trouble for them. They were supportive with me from the beginning of my course.

In terms of the facilities at Newman, there were many, but my favourite thing about that time was when we all met in the evening at the bar, although I’m sure there is much more on offer than in my day!

How I got into the music industry

I completed my year at Newman and teaching practice in Handsworth but found that my true passion lay in music.

I had been involved in various areas of the music business prior to coming to Newman as I was the Social Secretary for the Students’ Union at Ewell Tech in Surrey whilst completing my A Levels.  Among the bands I promoted were The Nice, Led Zeppelin, Fairport Convention, Caravan and King Crimson.

It wasn’t easy to get into the music business

Moreover, the starting salary was pitiful. I used to sing in a local band whilst I was at my Tech College!

I usually see some of the acts I worked with when they play live

But now that I live in Malta, I don’t have as many opportunities as I used to.

Newman was and I am sure is now, a great place to study

I lived in student accommodation and really enjoyed my time in one of the newly completed blocks. I made friends from the first moment I arrived some of whom I am still in contact with today. Newman and my time, helped me and gave me confidence in all situations in the years ahead.

In my spare time, I like gardening, watching sport, walking, swimming, reading history and listening to music.