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NICOLA (New International Company of Live Arts) is holding open auditions on 29th March at the Chelsea Theatre in London, from 11 am – 6 pm, as part of our Talent Factory to recruit singers, rappers, musicians, bands and spoken word. There will be a panel of judges including celebrity performers.

Mind the Music is a three year programme supporting young people with mental health issues, through music making. 
As part of the programme, Community Music is offering a series of training sessions for music and arts leaders across London. 
Anyone currently working with, or interested in working with, young people using the creative arts can benefit from this training. 
This first day-long training session will be held on Friday March 9th, at the Brady Arts Centre, in Whitechapel, London.

The session will be led by Jo Stockdale from the Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre. Jo looks at how new neuroscientific research can support our practice as arts leaders, focussing on how the brain develops throughout childhood and adolescence, providing a basis for further understanding of different mental health conditions, which we will look at more in depth in future training sessions.

Join our fully booked course and work alongside three West End performers to create an original Musical production. At the end of the week, you'll have a chance to share your hard work in a performance, joined by one of Wicked's leading stars, Oliver Thompsett. Led by Lucy Thatcher, (Mrs Wormwood in the original cast of Matilda) and vocal coach and West End performer, Rachel Lynes, participants will enjoy an incredible week of acting, singing and dancing, creating a unique version of Wicked and the Wizard of Oz, including original West End choreography, songs and scenes. 



The Youth Voice & Participation Equaliser has landed!

Sounding Out is a three-year music programme with deaf and hearing impaired (HI) pupils, now in its final year. It involves weekly workshops in one primary and one secondary school, as well as a research element being undertaken by University College London to explore musical progression as well as impacts on the communication skills of participants. In this blog our lead practitioner, Tiziana Pozzo, reflects on the interaction of movement, theatre and music, and on why a multisensory approach seems to achieve good results with these students.

Trinity Laban's music Learning & Participation team are working in partnership with Ark Evelyn Grace Academy to research how cultural organisations can work in partnership with schools to support young people to progress in their music making, funded by Youth Music.  We are now at the midway point of our funding and are reflecting on the activity of 2017 to inform activities planned for 2018.

The unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO), London's pioneering world music and jazz youth ensemble, brings together young musicians aged 12 - 26 who wish to explore the world's major musical cultures. Players of non-Western instruments are particularly welcome.

Stan is a Rep volunteer - a young aspiring music-head who just did what most music journalists can only dream of. Stan spent 80 minutes with Damon Albarn and Remi Kabaka (AKA Gorillaz). This is how it happened from Stans perspective.

K-Dog has been working with producer Lindsay Corstorphine in his Studio Sessions at Heart n Soul's SoundLab. He is creating an album and in each 2 hour session is able to make a complete track.

Rising Sounds 2018 gives unsigned artists the chance to work with a top producer to shape, record and professionally master a track. We chat to Resident Artist and Rising Sounds 2017 participant DM Farley, who worked with producer Steph Marziano, about his experience of the project and what he’s been up to since…

Tal Fineman was a member of the Young Producers project which offers 18-25 year-olds the chance to programme events and shows for Roundhouse Rising Festival. Young Producers like Tal assist the Roundhouse team in programming, marketing and producing Roundhouse Rising, learning from festival industry experts while programming two days of live music and masterclasses. We caught up with Tal before the festival to find out about his experience...

Sound Connections have had the pleasure of sharing our office with the lovely team at Good Vibrations for over two years. Now Good Vibrations have found a new home up in Cumbria we have two spare desk spaces that would be perfect for like-minded arts or music-based organisations and charities.