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We increasingly live in a remarkably diverse society, and how we evolve and respond to the challenges of the future will depend on how we can use the creative resources that diversity provides us with.

But how do we provide programmes that are reflective of the communities we serve and representative of 21st century England?

  • by WKMT

    Thu 22 Dec 2016

We all know the C major scale. This is by far the most played scale among the 24 that exist in Western music. Every pianist started with it....But do we really know every aspect of it? 

  • by WKMT

    Thu 22 Dec 2016

We all know the C major scale. This is by far the most played scale among the 24 that exist in Western music. Every pianist started with it....But do we really know every aspect of it? 

One of the workshops that we ran to aid the creative development of the 6-9s that attend Salmon is the Poems Creation workshop.

Salmon Youth Centre has been funded by Youth Music to develop the confidence and creativity of young people through music projects. Here are some young people sharing their experience on developing their musical talents.

We have just launched our Christmas Campaign - raising money to support our life-changing arts activities over 2017 for homeless and vulnerable people in London and beyond

Grand Union held it's 3rd Annual Residential Summer School this year offering young people the chance to learn about musical cultures and styles that they may not have experienced or have had the chance to explore in any depth before.  
We welcomed young musicians of secondary school age up to 21 interested in learning about music from other parts of the world and/or who played a non-European instrument such as sitar and erhu.  Grand Union Summer School's result in some unique combinations and compositions led by professional musicians from major musical traditions worldwide.  

As we are working towards increasing the confidence of young people through engaging them in music projects, we have been able to work with young people to develop their creativity as well.

This story is a summary of Jim Minton’s (London Youth) keynote speech at the upcoming Catalysing Change: Sound Connections Challenging Circumstances Music Network Conference, taking inspiration from Dizzie Rascal’s debut album!

Sound Connections was out in full force at the Musicians’ Union Professional Development Weekend which took place at the Laban Centre and was skilfully hosted by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 

6 Free Private Piano Lessons in Richmond. Interested?

Amber (21) is a volunteer and part of the Youth Music Reprezent training programme, has written from the heart about classism, austerity and how grime music's relation to poorer areas has been to some degree weaponised by journalists to belittle tragic loss.

Following the deaths of two young aspiring musicians from South East London, a minority of journalists chose to use these deaths to provide a context for articles that were arguably written to cause controversy, sell papers or bait for clicks.

Reprezent works with a lot of young people from these areas who are aspiring artists and have been a starting point for several high profile careers (Stormzy, Novelist, Lady Leshurr, Section Boys). Whilst grime music has elements of 'realness', it is questionable for a journalist to use one persons aspirations to succeed as a musician as an indicator that they were more likely to die than someone else.

Anyway, this is Ambers story...