It’s not every day that you get to light a set for the Rolling Stones.

Jason Ahn, a Light in Performance MA student, worked on the Rolling Stones concert during his exciting work placement with Woodroffe Bassett Design this year.

Work placements are a crucial part of our curriculum that provide students with unique opportunities to gain real-world experience.

Our partnerships with industry leaders like Woodroffe Bassett Design provide them that chance, as well as a range of other benefits like professional networking opportunities with influential figures across the sector.

Founded by ‘lighting gods’ Patrick Woodroffe and Adam Bassett, Woodroffe Bassett Design is one of the best-known and most prolific lighting design brands operating in the world of music, dance, fashion, art and architecture today. Having designed shows for Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Abba, AC/DC among many others.

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With the guidance of Light in Performance MA programme leader Hansjorg Schmidt, Jason refined his lighting design skills during the course of his studies at Rose Bruford College and was offered the work placement opportunity in June 2022.

The placement involved Jason working closely with lighting expert Terry Cook on programming the set for the Rolling Stones’ 60th anniversary concert in Hyde Park, London. Including operating lighting for a stunning performance of Sympathy for the Devil.

Jason Ahn with Terry Cook from Woodroffe Basset Design

Jason was thrilled to be able to participate in such an iconic event.

“It was the most overwhelming experience all my life. They have explained to me how the lighting is designed and managed the tour for world-leading musician. This opportunity has broadened my horizon and improved my understanding about design. I would like to say thank you to Patrick and my tutor Hansjorg!”

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