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Meet a musician: Ric Flo, Rap Artist

Posted on: 11th June 2018

Ric Flo is a rap artist and creative director of the hip-hop collective Jungle Brown. Ric uses the art of rap to empower foster children through telling his story in foster care and using his life experience to help them unleash their creativity. SoundStorm is proud to partner with Bournemouth Council’s Looked After Children team....
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The value of taking part in a music workshop

Posted on: 9th May 2018

Last week, we were joined by Sally Aiko, a student from Swanage School, who spent the week with the team finding out more about what we do as a Music Hub. Having recently attended the Broadstone Music and SoundStorm ‘String Orchestra Day’ we asked her to blog about the day Getting up at 7am in...
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“Wake up baby trumpet!”

Posted on: 15th February 2018

If you’d passed the hall at Courthill Infant school last Monday, you may well have wondered why an excitable year 2 class, their teachers, a BSO brass musician and a BSO associate were all shouting at an inanimate trumpet case. However, exciting and unexpected outbursts like this are now an expected part and parcel within...
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Orchestral Evolution – a process of composition

Posted on: 5th January 2018

Orchestral Evolution is an original Music Education Hub project and brand new commissioned score for a revolutionary ‘pop-up orchestra’ that welcomes all instruments and all abilities. The score is currently being created by renowned boundary-breaking composer, Hub Partner and esteemed guitarist Chris Woods. Orchestral Evolution offers the unique chance for school ensembles to work with...
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Meet a Musician: Chris Woods & the Groove Orchestra

Posted on: 30th October 2017

Chris Woods Groove is a highly acclaimed guitarist, composer and international author of his book, Percussive Acoustic Guitar. He has a distinctive style of percussive guitar playing and has sold thousands of Albums. He often joins forces with other musicians to form a collective known as Chris Woods Groove Orchestra. We are lucky enough to have him as a hub partner, delivering...
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Meet a Musician: Felicity Mullins, Percussionist

Posted on: 18th September 2017

We ask professional musicians the questions you really want to know (but might never get the chance to ask) in a new series of blog posts entitled ‘Meet a Musician.’ Felicity Mullins is a professional percussionist and has been delivering samba, African drumming and percussion projects for SoundStorm since 2015. We had a chat when she popped...
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What it’s really like to perform at a SoundStorm concert

Posted on: 29th August 2017

Performing on stage can be intimidating. At SoundStorm, we want to make our concerts an exciting and rewarding experience. We support you from the beginning with specialist coaching to improve your technique as well as your confidence, before you take to the stage.  If you’re thinking of applying to our upcoming performance opportunity ‘Perform,’ but aren’t sure what...
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Government announces music education hub funding

Posted on: 30th November 2016

Great news! The government has announced that it will spend £300m on music education hubs over the next four years, maintaining current levels of central investment. The funding, which will continue to be administered by Arts Council England, will support the hubs’ work with schools, local authorities and community organisations. £75m had already been announced...
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5 ways music education could be improved in primary schools

Posted on: 13th October 2016

The benefits of music to a child’s development generally, cannot be overstated enough. But often, music can be undervalued in some schools. Many teachers face a considerable struggle to implement a solid, progressive music curriculum and quality extra-curricular music activities in their schools.
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