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Allsorts is a music project that takes places every week during term time at Z-arts in Hulme, Manchester. We have two sessions that currently take place: Allsorts Essentials for 5-10 year olds and Allsorts Unplugged for 11-16 year olds. Many of the young people that attend our sessions have little to no access to any other music projects, and Allsorts is the one time during their week they feel they can express themselves, socialise and be creative. Thanks to Youth Music, Allsorts has been running for a number of years. For 2018 there is going to be some exciting new changes to the project. We listened to what our young musicians had to say, and were exctied for the future! 

The gamelan orchestra was centre stage for the BlueJam Arts ‘Big Sing at the Big Screen’ event at Rheged, Cumbria on 17 October 2017.

One of BlueJam Art's week long sessions involved a group of young people on National Citizenship Service working alongside adults with disabilities and connditions, creating music on gamelan and modern music technology. This was led by Tom Leah, one of the BlueJam team, who works professionally as a musician. This added element made for an exciting week. In Toms words .....


Our two young composers recently took a trip to AlgoMech Festival as research for the new music they will be making as part of the commission. Here Johnny James blogs about his experience at the festival

An opportunity for us and for the young people!

During the Gamajam programme we ran one week that was, in the main, focusing on developing the leadership skills of a young musician on work experience with BlueJam Arts. BlueJam Arts is unique as an organization that not only offers young musicians opportunities for playing and improvising but also a path for them to become young music leaders.

BlueJam Arts has been working with a dozen young people from James Rennie Special School over several weeks. The aim of this programme is to explore how accessible tuned percussion Gamelan instruments are to people with learning differences and how they can be used to build self-confidence, creative and leadership skills.

Our partner in the programme is The Heathlands Project, a day centre for adults with learning differences, and where our gamelan orchestra is housed.

Leadership tips for the aspiring music leader

Some Videos giving the low down from the young people who make music with us!

Brighter Sound is delighted to welcome back the inspirational BRIT award-winning, Mercury Prize nominated and critically acclaimed artist, Beth Orton, to lead the first Both Sides Now residency.  

This coming weekend MORE MUSIC is producing a 24 hour Music Party @ LMF2017 with the aim of raising funds for our Homeless Action music programme in Lancaster.
People taking part in the music sessions describe how singing, in particular, has lifted their spirits  "the only reason I walk the planet” and restored their self-belief  "singing has really helped my confidence”
They also say it makes a significant contribution to their recovery from addiction  " helps me deal with the bad stuff that happens” and has helped them refocus and rebuild their lives, securing and maintaining a home and returning to paid employment.

Oldham Council Music Service made a successful bid for Youth Music funding to fund a 1-year "Musical Beginnings Extra" project. We worked with young children 0-4 years old and their parent/carer. There were two specific groups: children who were Looked After or adopted and children with Additional Needs. This blog outlines the project and, in particular, looks at the planning model we used for Musical Beginnings Extra sessions.