New music club gets teenagers off the street and recording music
|Published: 24th May 2011 15:32|
Patrick Buckley, Fabio Bergassi and Colin Reynolds
Budding young rock stars have been developing their musical
and creative skills thanks to a new rock and urban music club in
The new Rock and Urban Music Club is music to the ears of
around 50 teenagers who are benefiting from weekly music
sessions at the Downshall Centre in Seven Kings and at an
after-school club at Loxford School of Science and Technology
Louis Craig, James McDermott, Imran Joseph,
James Richardson and Khari McKenzie
It's all been made possible thanks to funding from The Jack Petchey
Foundation and is run by Redbridge Music Service and Redbridge
The club first flung its doors open in February and, after months
of honing their musical talent, the young rock stars took to the
stage for the first time last month to perform to over 100 friends
The performance raised the roof as the musicians showed of their
talent and performed their own music that they had created and
recorded during the weekly workshops. It went down a storm
with the audience as there was something for all musical tastes
including MCing, rock tracks and singer/songwriters.
During the weekly music rehearsals the musicians have been
able to use new recording equipment and have benefited from
the expertise of experienced music tutors and youth worker support.
The club has also allowed some of the young artists who may
not have normally been interested in traditional music, to get
involved in an exciting and creative new club; make new friends
with other young people from different backgrounds and to give
them something positive to do outside of school.
A trip to Dorset during the Easter holidays also gave the
participants a chance to develop and record their own music which
they will be performing at the Inspiration Festival in July to mark the
end of the collaboration with The Jack Petchey Foundation.
One young person who attends the club, Patrick Buckley, said,
"Listening to the progress I've made has been a highlight. And
we've started a band with other musicians from the project.
I want to be a session musician.
Another young person Colin Reynolds, added,
"This is a good opportunity to meet other people and discover
different styles of music."