What happens at ‘I Speak Music’ workshops?
At these music workshops the young people will be able to make new friends, relax and have fun whilst learning new instruments, rapping or singing and creating new music…. their music. All instruments are provided, no previous experience is necessary and best of all, it’s completely free to attend!
The young people will also have unique access to some of the finest music facilities available as well high profile music industry professionals through the Academy of Contemporary Music. For young people who are less interested in performance or songwriting there will be opportunities to participate by learning about performance sound and lighting engineering. There will be a celebration concert at the end of the current programme in December.
Who is involved?
The songwriting sessions are led by an awesome team of professional musicians whose aim is to ensure each participant has a meaningful musical experience regardless of ability, musical interest, vocal style or instrument. The team is experienced in supporting young people in mainstream settings as well as those who have mental health problems, learning and physical disabilities, behavioural issues, ESL (English as a Second Language) needs and young people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. As well as being fantastic professional musicians our team also speak various languages including Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and Tigrinya. All professionals have enhanced DBS clearance through Surrey County Council.
Who is the project for?
The project has been designed to be accessible for young people who are newly-arrived in the UK and are currently living in Surrey. We are especially interested in welcoming young people who have been displaced from their country of birth. The age range for the project is 15 – 18 (up to 25 for care leavers).
Surrey Arts/Surrey Music Hub The Electric Theatre
Surrey County Council Rhythmix
The Academy of Contemporary Music