Young musicians to blaze a trail of creativity across Winchester District

Press Release: 11/06/2013

Young Musicians

More young people in the Winchester District will be making music thanks a new project involving Winnall Rock School and SoCo Music Project.

Winchester City Council has commissioned the two organisations to undertake youth music development work which seeks to give opportunities to young people to engage in music-making out of school now and in the future.

Cllr Robert Humby, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development is excited about the opportunities available. He said:

“SoCo and Winnall Rock School are providing a unique service across the Winchester District, and I would encourage all young people to take part. We have so many talented individuals out there, not only will this work give people an opportunity to try out new music-making techniques, but give them an insight into the possible careers ahead of them within the industry.”

The Trailblazer Music Project will give young people the opportunity to learn, discover, explore and perform music in a series of taster sessions across the district, with a focus on rural communities. These taster sessions will take place in South Wonston/Kings Worthy, Stanmore, Wickham/Swanmore, Colden Common, Alresford and Winnall with more information about these available at . This will then lead to regular music-making opportunities in some of these areas.

The first four sessions are:

· 13 June, 7-9pm at the Carroll Centre

· 14 June, 7-9pm at KAYAC, Winnall

· 17 June, 6:30-8:30pm at Colden Common Community Centre

· 25 June at Swanmore College of Technology

This exciting project will also see the sharing of best practice between SoCo Music Project and Winnall Rock School, music industry events that will highlight career progression in the music sector and performance opportunities for young people at community events and festivals.

Matt from SoCo Music Project is looking forward to working with young people in Winchester and its rural areas. He said:

“We believe there is untapped creativity and potential out there, and giving young people opportunities outside school in addition to within school, simply widens the scope for those with a real passion for music to realise their potential. This is not just about having fun, but a great way to inspire young people and illustrate progression routes to embark on a career in the music industry.”

The commission is an exciting partnership between Winnall Rock School, who have a wealth of experience in running group music-making activities in local communities, and SoCo Music Project, who have an excellent track record in creating and leading activities that are relevant to young people, inspiring and motivating them to achieve their aspirations.