Taking part in or watching inspirational musical experiences, for both a performer or as a member of the audience, are hugely important moments 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.
Whether it’s the first time seeing an Indian tabla played live, the first time seeing an audience from the stage, or the first time having your composition performed by other musicians — these are invaluable and formative in young people’s development.
Our ambition is to offer a breadth of inspiring events to as many young people as possible. Every year, aside from the last (!), we curate a range of live musical inputs both in and out of school. Working with various partners, we offer schools and young people opportunities to experience high-quality performances and to work with and perform alongside professionals.
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 exploratory offers such as SeeingSound and Orchestral Evolution. Not to mention our last biennial Music Hub showcase Transmission.
As we emerge from the pandemic, we’re putting everything we can behind the return of live music for 2021/22. With a packed programme of live inputs already scheduled for the year, including 60 in-school gigs as part of Live and Inspired, the return of Lighthouse Poole’s Studio Jazz outreach offer and a very special commission to celebrate SoundStorm’s 20th Birthday (save the date July 12th 2022!), it’s business as usual from September (fingers crossed). Stay tuned…