We’re a huge advocate for how important inspirational musical experiences are for young people. Everyone can recall a musical experience or performance that helped shape them, be that as a musician or as a music fan.
Experiencing or being part of live music, whether as a performer or audience member, profoundly enriches lives. Whether it’s the first time seeing an Indian tabla played live, the first time seeing an audience from the stage, or their first time having your composition performed by professional musicians — these moments are invaluable and formative in young people’s development.
Our ambition is to offer a breadth of inspiring musical experiences to as many young people as possible. Every year we carefully curate a range of live musical inputs both in and out of school. Working with partners, we offer schools and young people opportunities to experience high quality performances, to work with professionals and to perform in inspirational settings.
Past inputs have ranged from opportunities for emerging musicians such as BandStorm (Battle of the Bands), Perform and Cadanza, to larger collaborations including Armonico Gala Concert and The Great Poole Pan Off, to our more alternative offshoots such as Seeing Sound and Orchestral Evolution. Not to mention our full-scale bienniel Music Hub showcases: In the Mix and Striking Chords.
With a packed programme of live experiences coming up this year including 44 in-school tours through Live and Inspired and the 2019, even bigger Music Hub showcase coming up, we can’t wait to be bringing more music to more young people.
Posted on: 18th January 2019
Leading on from our ‘Meet a musician’ series, we thought it was time to ‘Meet a Composer’. This term, contemporary composer and long-term SoundStorm partner, John K. Miles, is our guest blogger – filling us in on his life and ambitions as a composer and music educator. In this week’s blog, John sits down with...
Posted on: 21st November 2018
A SoundStorm Broadcast 3rd July 2019, Upton Country Park Poole Taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, an era-defining broadcast that captured the imagination of the world, SoundStorm and the Bournemouth and Poole Music Education Hub presents Transmission, our biennial celebration. The micro-festival will explore themes of communication, individual expression and collaboration...
Posted on: 11th October 2018
Harkiret is an experienced Indian Classical Percussion player and Tabla teacher. He’s performed at numerous national venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, as well as across Europe and India. When not recording fusional genre music with the likes of The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra, Harkiret teaches weekly Tabla classes in Kent and at the...
Posted on: 28th September 2018
Bringing live music to young people across the region We believe in the power of inspirational music experiences. As part of our commitment to making inspirational experiences accessible to more young people, this year we have pledged to offer 44 primary and SEN schools a live, in-school performance. These ‘tours’ have been carefully curated to...
Posted on: 16th October 2017
BandStorm, was a brand new battle of the bands competition for Bournemouth and Poole students, in partnership with Hub partner Absolute Music. The winning band received: £100 voucher to spend at Absolute Music, a day in the studio with a professional producer to record and master one of their tracks and a session with a photographer to...
Posted on: 16th October 2017
An enrichment opportunity for KS4 & 5 Music student’s performance technique, taking you from panel audition, to master class and a final performance next February at the Shelley Theatre: Perform. Perform was the chance for KS4/5 musicians to hone their craft, gain practical performance tips, and draw inspiration by working with music educators and industry professionals...
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...
Posted on: 17th January 2017
As part of the Summer showcase Striking Chords, SoundStorm offered primary phase schools the opportunity to complete an Arts Award Discover and participant in a magical music adventure trail. Pupils were led through a curated trail in the Grove Woods at Upton House; they took part in four hands-on workshops, from African drumming to a visual workshop with Denise...
Posted on: 6th April 2016
Broadstone Music Series, in partnership with SoundStorm, would like to welcome you to an evening of music in the dramatically lit setting of St Peter’s Church, performed by a hand picked selection of talented young musicians, with a programme that will take you from Baroque to Jazz. Tickets are priced at £5 & will be available...