Inspirational Experiences

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 fan of music.

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 Cadenza, 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 ambitious biennial Music Hub showcase Transmission.

With a packed programme of live music inputs coming up this year including 60 confirmed in-school gigs through Live and Inspired and the continued outreach from Lighthouse Poole’s Studio Jazz, it’s looking like another very busy year ahead!

Stay tuned…

Conductive Music Bringing it all together

Posted on: 20th September 2019

SoundStorm is delighted to be partnering with Conductive Music for a brand new pilot project. Taking on the challenge of putting the ARTS into STEM subjects (and making STEAM) these international operators have been winning the hearts and minds of students across the country with their innovative programme. With a focus on creativity, their team blend coding and...
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Live & Inspired 2019/20

Posted on: 19th September 2019

After overwhelmingly positive feedback of last year, and more than 16,000 students participating, we’re delighted to announce a second year of our ‘Live and Inspired Tour’. As part of the 19/20 Music Education Hub Membership offer, your school can select ONE half-day in-school live music experience from the options below. Each of the three tours...
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Transmission 2019

Posted on: 10th July 2019

July 3rd, 2019, the Hub returned to Upton Country Park for the biennial showcase. Taking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing as its inspiration, Transmission was our most ambitious event to date. It featured over 350 students, attracted an audience of almost 1000 and presented a cross phase showcase of our school based inputs alongside several brand...
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Transmission call out

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...
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Live and Inspired 2018/19

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...
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Band Storm: Battle of the Bands

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...
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Perform

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...
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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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Striking Chords: Music Adventure Trail

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...
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