Here's a video of 5 young musicians from the Soundsplash group performing on Saturday the 12th of July. We played to a packed foyer in the Colston Hall in Bristol. Take a listen to our very own brand of west country psych-rock!
City of London Festival Bowler Hat in Paternoster Square
I was so pleased to be working on this year's City Of London Festival and to also have the opportunity to be working with 3 of the same schools and pupils who also participated in last year’s festival. This year’s theme and brief was‘Street Guitar Concerto and Performance’.
One of the things I've been thinking about a lot is what a fantastic team we have at Drake Music. Within that team, there's so much expertise, experience, so many ideas, commitment and enthusiasm for the work that we do. I have been thinking about finding ways in which we could regularly share our experiences and learn even more than we are doing already, and finding different ways of doing that.
Well, we have reached the end of our organisation-wide connecting and amplifying 'experiment'. In this post I want to share what Drake Music colleagues have shared in April and in May. As you can see, there is an amazing diversity in the work Drake does. It is also interesting to see the reflective pieces that some of the associate musicians have been sharing.
I'll be sharing a deeper analysis of what we learned from the experiment and how we plan to use that in the coming months.
In the meantime, enjoy looking at what everyone has been up to:
The 10-week Ramp It Up! project took place on Monday afternoons at Newfield School in Blackburn. Newfield is a school for children and young people with a broad range of special educational needs.
Approaching my first project as a Drake Music Associate Musician, I was excited yet didn’t know quite what to expect. Fortunately, working alongside me on the project was the very knowledgeable technologist, Kristian Gjerstad, who had been involved in several RAMPs before and was a great support throughout.
My week with Drake Music brought about a number of ‘firsts’ for me: working with primary-aged children; working alongside disabled people; planning and leading design-based workshops. So as you can imagine I was excited but also a little nervous to say the least!