I am finding it hard to believe that we are already one year into the three years of the Music Education Hub funding which is currently driving much of the work of SoundStorm and yet here we are. And what a year 2012/13 was! Every primary and SEN school received a fully subsidised First Access project, with genera ranging from folk to rock, classical to ukuleles. New ensembles were formed; new progression routes plotted. Our young people have performed everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall (with over 1000 other young people from the Dorset Music Education Hub), to the Lighthouse Art Centre in Poole with top international jazz players.
Central to the success of the work we have undertaken in schools over the last 12 months has been partnership; with musicians, with arts organisation and with schools. The potential of successful partnerships is been the most significant impression that has been made on me in my first year at SoundStorm. The boundless enthusiasm that people have brought to the common aim of providing amazing musical opportunities for our young people and the creative ways in which organisations have played to each other’s strength has been inspiring. Partnerships require mutual trust and responsibility, and there is no doubt that they are at time hard to navigate, but the potential outcomes are evidently worth the time and energy involved.
It is partnership that has created a new record label and band mentoring programme for the Bournemouth and Poole Music Education Hub; it is partnership that has resulted in the establishment of a new transition programme using DJ skills and peer mentoring; it is partnership that has provided music making opportunities to Looked after Children across the boroughs.
So, what next for 2013/14… watch this space…
And finally, I’ll finish with some music I love, since that’s what it’s all about after all. C2C are a French DJ quartet who use their turntable as instruments. They are a very modern interpretation of an ‘ensemble’, something to emulate perhaps?
Until next time,