Projects

Seeing Sound

Posted on: 27th June 2017

In July 2017, Chris Woods led a one-day workshop to create a sonic and visual orchestra, inspiring and equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to blend together sound and visuals in their own way – inspiring new musical perspectives. This experimental approach to music-making encouragde young musicians to think outside the box and play...
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The Great Poole Pan Off

Posted on: 14th March 2017

In May 2017, we created an evening of Caribbean inspired steel pan sounds featuring Panmania (Baden Powell) Poolepans (Poole High School), SoundStorm’s Steel the Magic, Panoramic & very special guests, The Steel Pan Agency from London. The event featured unique interpretations of contemporary rock and pop set around a collaborative centre piece (the Pan-off) led by...
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The Study Break

Posted on: 10th May 2016

Programmed, staged and managed by young people, The Study Break is a music-based, multi-media event at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on Friday 20 May. Emerging Americana outfit New Desert Blues headline the show just a week before they appear on the same stage as Duran Duran, Primal Scream and Public Enemy at the...
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Far Flung Corners: linking SoundStorm with the Outer Hebrides

Posted on: 14th March 2016

‘Far Flung Corners’ is an exciting finale concert of the project exploring the rich cultural diversity that has existed for generations in the British Isles, though musical exchanges linking Dorset with the Outer Hebrides. It promises to be a fabulous concert featuring six Hebrides-based musicians including renowned composer/fiddlers, Anna-Wendy Stevenson and Simon Bradley, Dorset’s own highly acclaimed Alex Roberts, and...
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Rural Instrumental Lessons

Posted on: 9th April 2014

The aim of this project was to enable rural learning centres to hold instrumental lessons with a professional tutor that they might not have had access to in the past.  As said by the NPME, ‘To recognise the important role that music plays in children’s academic and social development and in improving the ethos of the school.’ The...
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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra String Quintet

Posted on: 7th April 2014

West Dorset schools, Woodroffe, Sir John Colfox and Beaminster were visited by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra String Quintet recently to build energy and excitement around string playing. We offered young people the opportunity to hear professional string players and have a chance to try the instrument. Following these performances, Andy Baker and Carol Lilley led a series...
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OPEN MIC NIGHT, Toby’s Project

Posted on: 7th April 2014

As part of a programme of work that aims to improve the music scene and connect young people across a rather rural North Dorset, SoundStorm commissioned Toby’s Project in Shaftsbury to organise and promote Open Mic nights in Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton. Working with local musician Tom Jobling, aspiring young musicians have been encouraged to...
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KIDZ IN CARE

Posted on: 7th April 2014

Thirteen young people aged 11 – 16 from Poole have been taking part in monthly music workshops specifically for those in care. Local musician Simon Skolfield has been running the sessions to encourage creativity and build confidence by offering the group new and sometimes challenging experiences. The group have been inspired to learn new instruments...
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DIGITAL MUSIC DORSET

Posted on: 7th April 2014

Musician Ralph Cree recently held a series of workshops at Blandford Youth Club, teaching a small group of children how to compose music using the Garage band App on Ipads. His aim was to give young people the opportunity to exercise their musical creativity, embracing the digital era whilst building social skills. The project also...
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