Soundworks is a project working with young people aged 12 to 18 which aims to engage young people by providing a variety of music activities from recording tracks to making animated videos with a soundtrack.
For the first year the project concentrated on working with young people in Newport based around the Riverfront Centre. These young people were mentored whilst they wrote original music and recorded tracks. They had a masterclass from Akil from Jurassic 5 and performed the work created with him in Newport in collaboration with Urban Circle. Akil is a keen supporter of community music in Los Angeles and was very impressed with their work. You can see photos from their session here and the video they made here.
We ran soundwalks with St Julian’s School and Newport High School. Young people explored their local area and produced a video of soundscapes and animations based on their findings. The photos from Newport High are here and their video is here. The photos from St Julian’s High are here and the video is here. We also worked closely with Communities First on their Aspire Project, which offers alternative provision that allows pupils the opportunity to achieve and reach their full potential when they finish year 11. This element was featured on BBC Radio Wales on Children In Need day in November 2013 and you can hear the track they recorded and some interviews with the participantshere. We have continued to create music with participants from the Aspire project and they recently went to the studio to record. Also working with Communities First, this time in Bettws, we ran music workshops as part of out of school learning provision, photos arehere.
The project continues with more workshops over the next year. We’re delighted to have the musician Richard Thair working on the project by mentoring a group of young people in Powys who will come together to create music as a group.
This project funded by Children In Need.