Diary: EDM rocked by the loss of its star ivory-tinkler

PR pop-pickers will be saddened to hear that EDM, the rock band formed by public affairs consultants from The Communication Group have lost their star keyboard player (PR Week, January 8).

PR pop-pickers will be saddened to hear that EDM, the rock band

formed by public affairs consultants from The Communication Group have

lost their star keyboard player (PR Week, January 8).



TCG consultant Jake Turnbull has quit the group, a setback for EDM at

such an early stage in its life.



’I just thought the visual impact of the group wasn’t right for my

image,’ jokes Turnbull. The parting was amicable: Turnbull is still on

speaking terms with his colleagues, guitarist and TCG director John

Arnold and consultant-cum-drummer David Beamer.



Undeterred by the loss, EDM have plugged the gap with Jim Godfrey, a

press officer at think-tank the Institute of Public Policy Research.



The band has also been flooded with applications from potential

singers.



These include budding vocalists John Conmy, public affairs manager at

nuclear giant BNFL, and Sarah Bolam, an account manager at travel

specialist BGB Associates.



Anticipating an increased demand for gigs, EDM has even managed to

persuade Beamer’s father, a Surrey vicar, to lend them his church van to

cart their kit around.



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