• My work, not suprizingly, given our name, is devoted to using libraries as a vehicle for quality music making and live music showcasing. If books fall off the shelves due to the volume, we can always say 'Sorry' and put them back again. Its is always rewarding. Youth Music funding means our work increases access to libraries in areas where deprivation is rife and cultural opportunity is limited.

    Having developed Loud In Libraries over the last 11 years, I can confidently state that the challenges facing libraries in 2016 have no parallel. Local and central government  cuts mean staff capacity and staff morale can sometimes thin and dwindle. Although sometimes frustrating, this is perfectly understandable and given the cultural landscape, I feel our work and the work of other arts organisations championing music in libraries and other cultural settings carrys increased weight. Recent conversations with arts and cultural representatives from Wigan and Knowsley Councils has been inspiring. Meaningful foundations are being thumped into the ground and despite the economic climate, a punk indie spirit is generating positive vibes and smiles across faces. Project management sometimes means one needs a saint's patience - but finding true gems in new networks and workforces is one of life's joys, and means, generally, that things will always be alright. Appluase, then to Loud In Libraries' new networks. Long and loud may this partnership reign.







  • On Monday 4th July 2016, over 100 delegates including Early Years practitioners, teachers and music leaders, came together for SYEYM's conference Making Music in the Early Years. 

    The day’s events included:

    Keynote speech with Professor Colwyn Trevarthen Why Human Life is Musical, Especially in Early Years
    Workshop led by Esther Sheridan: Making Musical Stories
    Schools’ concerts Sing a Story led by Wigmore Hall’s John Webb, actor Charlotte Mafham and musicians. Attended by 600   children and 250 adults
    A presentation on Music in the Round’s Soundplay project by Kate Thompson and Vanessa Johnson
    An open forum with John Webb, Esther Sheridan and Prof. Colwyn Trevarthen
    Stalls from national and local arts organisations including: Youth Music, NYMAZ, Sheffield Music Hub, Sheffield Music Academy and Babelsongs 



    The day highlighted and produced a number of resources that would aid practitioners in bringing music into their settings to support all areas of development in the Early Years. These included: 

    An investigation into our innate musicality by Prof. Colwyn Trevarthen
    A resource pack fom Sing a Story all about using musical stories in your setting
    A resource pack from the Soundplay project linking musical activities to areas of development in the EYFS
    Videos with all the Soundplay project songs 

    There are many more resources in our resource bank which are being added to all the time and can be found here   

    We will also be producing a number of resources inspired by the day itself for practitioners to use in their settings. Like our Facebook page or join our mailing list to be the first to know when these are released. 

    The day was hugely enjoyable and inspiring, but don't just take our word for it - have a look at this evaluation report to see delegate's feedback. 

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      Wed 28 Sep 2016

    Dean Skinner is an Assistant Music Leader with B Sharp as part of our regular grassroots programme and emerging music leader training scheme. Dean has progressed through our open access Youth Music funded programme from a young person finding his way to becoming a confident and aspiring music leader. A part of this work included facilitating targeted sessions in a youth centre at a critical time just before it closed due to local authority cuts and before our community music festival, the Big Mix. 

    Dean's approach to music leading was so inspiring and focussed on young people that he was immediately welcomed and great things began to happen, as you can see from the pictures! This was brilliant for Dean as a young leader,  for the young participants, partners, and for our community. Through this work Dean and many of these young have gone on to feel able to fully participate and contribute to other areas of our work and beyond. 

    Thanks again to Youth Music for making this possible.

  • We are getting close to finalising our music project, we have a few sneak peak photos of our behind the scenes video shoot for our music video titled "You think you know me?"

  • Working with children and young people from Rochdale to create a series of short pieces of music and songs exploring cross-cultural identity


Thu 29 Sep 2016
Greater Manchester
Thu 29 Sep 2016
East Sussex