Our Youth Music funded project, Beats and Pieces, aims to develop the musical, personal and social skills, and aspirations of young people living in East Durham through music making opportunities.
Beats and Pieces is a pilot project as part of our East Durham Creates programme; providing high-quality music making opportunities in percussion with young people aged between 11-16 years old in East Durham. Weekly workshops focus on using everyday objects to create an ensemble – ensuring participants aren’t restricted by social factors such as lack of family income. We are working in partnership with Sage Gateshead, community venues and a local emerging practitioner to deliver these much needed accessible routes to informal music. In addition, to ensure progression routes and links with formal music-making we are working with Durham and Darlington Music Hub plus East Durham College.
We are supporting young people to work as part of a team and develop their musical skills, instilling a sense of ownership and developing their confidence, self-esteem and wider aspirations. Bespoke opportunities for the groups to perform have been created, including the exciting opportunity to experience a master class and performance from visiting Brooklyn-based artists So Percussion.
Find out more about our Beats and Pieces project on the Youth Music website here.