News Young­sters get chance to find a mu­si­cal voice

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

YOUNG peo­ple in Coven­try are be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to trans­form their lives through mu­sic as a new cen­tre sup­ported by the Royal Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire has for­mally launched.

Avail­able for free to young­sters aged be­tween 10 and 16, SoundLab-COV pro­motes mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence through en­abling young peo­ple to have a cre­ative voice.

Along with part­ners Coven­try City Coun­cil, Pos­i­tive Youth Foun­da­tion and Coven­try Mu­sic Hub , SoundLab-COV’s team of ded­i­cated alumni and as­so­ci­ates from the Con­ser­va­toire will help guide young peo­ple from across Coven­try to achieve their max­i­mum po­ten­tial.

SoundLab-COV’s in­au­gu­ral event was sup­ported by Jamaican born singer Neville Sta­ple – best known as a found­ing mem­ber of Coven­try ska band The Spe­cials – who per­formed at the launch on Tues­day 10 July with his wife and fel­low artist, Chris­tine ‘Sug­ary Sta­ple.’

In its pi­lot phase, 900 young­sters have al­ready par­tic­i­pated in work­shops and per­for­mances with SoundLab-COV.

A core group who have formed over the last three months per­formed at the launch, which was held at The Box, FarGo Vil­lage on Far Gos­ford Street. Groups of young­sters show­cased var­i­ous mu­si­cal gen­res in-th­er­ound, with a gath­ered au­di­ence of 100 guests en­joy­ing acts in a for­mat sim­i­lar to the TV pro­gramme ‘Later... with Jools Hol­land.’

On be­half of the Coven­try part­ner­ship, Mark Steele, Lead of Coven­try Mu­sic Hub, said: “Its fan­tas­tic news for Coven­try that Royal Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire are work­ing with us in the city to grow the next gen­er­a­tion of talented mu­si­cians for our re­gion and be­yond.

“By plug­ging a gap in arts pro­vi­sion,

com­ple­ment­ing our in and out of school mu­sic tu­ition of­fer, Royal Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire are mak­ing mu­sic more in­clu­sive in Coven­try and giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to those that sim­ply wouldn’t be able to af­ford an ed­u­ca­tion of this ilk oth­er­wise, en­abling more chil­dren and young peo­ple to explore a wide range of mu­sic styles and gen­res.”

SoundLab-COV aims to pro­vide the ben­e­fits and life chang­ing in­spi­ra­tion of mu­sic to young­sters by es­tab­lish­ing a re­gional force for good.

As well as pro­vid­ing trans­for­ma­tive mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, the fa­cil­i­ta­tors – in­clud­ing sound artist Sarah Farmer, pi­anist and com­poser David Austin Grey, and pro­ducer Zed­die – will also be act­ing as pos­i­tive role mod­els for young­sters in Coven­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply for SoundLab-COV, please visit the project’s web­site .

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