SHINE in Tower Hamlets


Back in April this year an inclusive group of young people worked together to create their own music as part of SHINE, a collaborative creative music making project involving three leading cultural organisations based in Tower Hamlets: Toynbee Hall, Drake Music and Spitalfields Music.

Sessions involved song-writing, singing, making grooves and beats, exploring creative ways to make music and turning everyday objects into musical instruments.

The project was led by Gary Day, music technologist, Dave Darch, music technologist, Roshi Nasehi singer/instrumentalist and Danny Thompson, double bass.

Gary Day, Drake Music’s Associate Musician commented:
‘My role is to support young people in composing and writing their own piece of music and to ensure that each one of those young musicians has full access to musical participation. The ideas come from the young people, our role there is to support and facilitate those ideas and help to shape them’.

The project ended with a live performance as part of Toynbee Hall’s Seen & Heard fun day – a special event organised by the participants from Toynbee Hall’s youth programme celebrating the achievements of local young people. You can watch a short film of SHINE 2015 HERE or below: