Project Management

The use of hip-hop in educational practice is becoming more widespread, with its benefits being recognised across the curriculum and, of course, in out-of-school settings. 

Funded by Youth Music, Sound Connections’ Innovate programme strives to enable emerging practitioners and smaller organisations to create new musical approaches and ideas for working with disadvantaged young people.

Art Session 23/5/16  

In spring 2015, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was awarded funding through Sound Connections’ Innovate Fund to pilot and launch a brand-new children’s orchestra for young musicians in Thamesmead and Erith, Bexley. Delivered in partnership with Bird College – the borough’s Music Service and lead Music Education Hub partner – the Bexley North Borough Orchestra was created to provide children aged 9-10 (Year 5) with a progression route to continue their musical development following the borough’s provision of First Access whole-class instrumental tuition for all Year 4 pupils.

Funded by Sound Connections’ Innovate Fund, the London Gay Men’s Chorus Sing Out project used song-writing to explore issues faced by young LBGT people and empower them to express themselves creatively, improving their musicianship and well-being.

In Autumn 2015, Cardboard Citizens presented The Music Lab;  an open space for young people (aged 16-25) to creatively express themselves and try out new things in a safe environment. 

This is Nathalie and Lloyd - two of the fab Wallasey Young Creatives working on this year's Love New Brighton Parade - watch this space and our blog for more details!

To celebrate International Romani Day, on 9th April 2016 Community Arts North West’s Kámoši Juniors Saturday Morning Performing Arts Club performed in a special event called Hudba, Muzica, Music! The event included Music, Drama and Dance created and performed by the children.  The talent of Leigh’s young Musicians and Dancers shone as they presented old and new songs; and celebrated the past, present and future lives of Roma people.

Fuse It! is a performance, composition and recording project which is free to local young people and run by Khyal Arts at The Soul Project, Walthamstow  Classical Indian music with a twist, this project fuses tradition and future. Along with the opportunity to learn traditional vocal music, the group will compose a piece that combines drumming and beat boxing.

As part of the Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts programme, the children prepared for a performance on International Roma Day 9th April 2016. Rapper Remi joined the children over several workshops to develop the children’s song-writing skills. 

Out for a day across Lancashire with Darren Leadsom, Education and Inclusion Manager at More Music. Two meetings and two hours of car conversation bring together a great deal of thinking. It feels like they show a maturity in the work and also a knowledge of where we are and what can be done. Satisfying.

The Kámoši Juniors Group were fortunate to be joined by Sashwati and Wellington from The Satellite State Disko, a troupe of Manchester DJ’s who create unique and exceptional Eastern-European, Balkan, Gypsy beats and blends.