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
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.