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It’s Connections time again! And this year we’ve discovered a whole new literary genre – ‘Cli-Fi’. It’s a little but like Sci-Fi in that it takes place in the future, and it’s got a lot of ‘speculative fiction’, but it’s all about what could happen in the future as a result of climate change. ‘How topical!’ I hear you cry, and yes, you’re right – that’s why we picked it! 

It’s Connections time again! And this year we’ve discovered a whole new literary genre – ‘Cli-Fi’. It’s a little but like Sci-Fi in that it takes place in the future, and it’s got a lot of ‘speculative fiction’, but it’s all about what could happen in the future as a result of climate change. ‘How topical!’ I hear you cry, and yes, you’re right – that’s why we picked it! 

An overview of qualitative and quantitative outcomes for our Fund A project 2015-2017

Over the first half term of the year we have been preparing for our Halloween show, the Halloween Happening. After sessions of idea formulating and rehearsals we approached the Halloween holidays and embarked on a few long days of rehearsals on site. The rehearsals went fantastically well and so we were all excited for the actual performance, which was a fantastic success.

Brass in Concert 2017 Sage Gateshead will once again host the Brass in Concert 2017 workshops and competitions.  MPN are pleased to announce that five schools from Northumberland will be involved in both the workshops and performances on Saturday 18th November.    

by Adam Cogdon, EBNE Music Leader. 

East By North East is a Youth Music funded project that brings together young people, and a staff team, from diverse backgrounds, celebrating different cultures and musical genres.  The music sessions allow us to explore different tastes and develop skills in music and to build confidence together.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our fantastic East by North East project so far. Without the hard work of all the young people, support workers, teachers, volunteers and music leaders who have taken part and supported this work, we wouldn't be able to shout about this amazing project!

We had a fantastic opportunity to air on Rathergood Radio's Community Voices Project with a group of Young people. We all shared a bit of ourselves and what Jack Drum means to us.

During July we had some of the world class musicians from Nacao du Maracatu Porto Rico come over to teach us both how to make drums and perform on them. Not only was this a major event taking up a great deal of our time but it was also my first event as the Jack Drum Arts Apprentice. This is a relfection of my experiences and what I experienced and learned from them, not just as a performer but also as an artist and leader.

Hello,

I'm Henry and I'm the new Creative Apprentice here at Jack Drum Arts. I support the delivery of their Youth Music programme - 'Wear Making Music'. I perform in a variety of bands and on a variety of percussion instruments, being able to perform alongside musicians from all over the world and share my experiences with our participants. I am not professionally trained but thanks to Jack Drum my musical experience is rapidly expanding.

Jack Drum Arts have just wrapped up our week-long annual Summer School that saw a host of young performers and musicians aged 8 – 25 come together in the beautiful grounds of Auckland Castle to work alongside professional and emerging artists, and castle staff, to research, develop and perform a piece of drama with music. 

From 8th – 29th July we here at Jack Drum Arts (with support from Arts Council England, Youth Music, and DurhamWorks) played host to Rumenig Dantas, Bigato Pereira, Paijara de Xango, our maracatu de baque virado mentors from Nação do Maracatu Porto Rico.