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 through music and art. Set in the distinctive Upton Country Park walled garden, Transmission will provide a unique platform for young people to ‘broadcast’ their voice and response to the theme. Watch our Transmission teaser trailer to get an idea of what’s to come…

Get involved: Create your own broadcast

Transmission is all about collaboration; the broadcasting of young people’s music and art to a local audience. We’re now looking for young musicians, artists and creatives to join us in shaping this event. Whether you’re in a band, an individual singer, rapper, or composer – we want to hear from you!

We’ve already begun a jam-packed year of exciting music programmes for young people, all culminating in the end of year performance. How will you broadcast yourself?

In a band? Apply for BandStorm

Our annual Battle of the Bands is currently recruiting. Not only will the winner receive a host of vouchers and music prizes, they will automatically be given a prime slot to perform at Transmission. Apply here.

Aspiring rapper or spoken word artist? Join ‘The Art of Rap’

Acclaimed rapper Ric Flo (Jungle Brown), will be running a two day rap masterclass at Absolute Music. Not only will the group create and record their own rap, which will then be professionally mastered by producer Tony Bones; they will regroup to perform the rap live at Transmission. Apply here.

A Level/KS5 music student? Create the finale

Scroll to the end of this page to find out how you can contribute to the creation of a soaring finale for a mass ensemble.

Soloist or in an ensemble? Join our open call out!

In 2019 we’ll be holding open auditions to search for young people to perform at the festival, responding to the theme of transmission. Register your interest by emailing

Why Transmission?

The history of broadcasting is interwoven with the desire to be heard and to hear; from the initial stuttering notes of a violin solo being broadcast through the airwaves (the first transmission of music in 1906) to Freddie Mercury’s soaring call and response at Live Aid to an audience of millions; to the present day viral videos and YouTube infamy.

Today, we find ourselves immersed in an age of fluid digital dialogue, where anyone online can broadcast, communicate and share. Sharing one’s latest composition or performance is no longer a privilege for the few but is instead accessible to anyone with an internet connection. In principle, we can all now broadcast ourselves and listen to other’s music without barriers or limitations.

On 3rd July 2019, SoundStorm will curate their own ‘broadcast’ – a unique event to showcase the eclectic talents of young people across Bournemouth and Poole. The varied programme of live music will offer a ‘soundbite’ of the Hub’s work and will include original commissions composed, developed and performed by a wealth of young musical talent.

Call out: A Level/ KS5 Music students

Create the Finale

A-level music students are invited to be part of one-off Music Hub project – the creation of a multi-instrumental score, across all abilities, to be performed as the finale of Transmission festival next year.

Responding to the theme of the festival and working alongside professional composer John K. Miles, this opportunity will give students an invaluable insight into the creative process and an opportunity for them to contribute to and perform a large-scale commission, that will be performed by a mass ensemble with performers ranging from KS2 to professionals.

We’re inviting A Level students to apply to join a full-day composition workshop with John K. Miles on Sunday 13th January 2019.

Interested? Apply below before 3rd January 2019.

Apply here