People Express is thrilled to have received our first grant from Youth Music to support local young musicians who until now have lacked access to music provision.
The first year of Passport to Music will work with a group of 10 young people (aged 11-18), expanding in the second year. Over two years, we are aiming to build a new youth ensemble for South Derbyshire with 25 young people.
In October the group met for the first time for a launch event, but unfortunately the project had to be postponed due to the pandemic. A film was made to capture the day, which can be viewed below.
A relaunch day was held on Saturday 8th May at The William Allitt School, during which the young musicians took part in 4 different taster workshops to learn a little bit about each of the music genres they would be exploring though the project.
Following the relaunch day , the young people took part in weekly workshops exploring Hip-Hop and music production with Jam Jam and Joe Sheridan from Baby People. The young musicians learnt to use GarageBand, a music production software, to create their own samples and mixes, and writing and recording their own lyrics. Here is a film that made at the final Hip-Hop session.
Increasing access for young musicians with inclusive workshops exploring composing, song writing and ensemble playing skills, inspired by working with leading Jazz, Hip-Hop, Folk and World Musicians.
Next the young musicians explored Folk with musicians Sarah Matthews and Cohen Braithwaite- Kilcoyne. Over 4 sessions the young people worked to learn and rework a traditional sea shanty, 'Roll the Chariot Along'. The collective ensemble brought the song into the 21st century, with a new story to reflect the pandemic through the eyes of the young people. The new composition can be listened to below:
The group next went onto work with Jazz musicians Issie Barratt and Alex Clarke. Over 4 weekly sessions the group explored different Jazz rhythms including Cha Cha and Bossa Nova, and different time signatures. The group collectively composed and learnt to play 2 original compositions.
The main aim of the project is to provide an opportunity for young people in South Derbyshire with limited access to music opportunities the opportunity to compose, create and play together with other young musicians.
We are thrilled to be working with the National Youth Jazz Collective, Hip Hop organisation Baby People, Folk 3D, English Folk Dance and Song Society, Arimba Arts and the Indian Arts Development Trust Milapfest. Each organisation is providing music leaders to run sessions that specialise in their genre and who can facilitate musical fusion with the other genres and the young people’s own passions (e.g. Heavy Metal, Classical and South Korean boy bands!)
Passport to Music is made possible thanks to the support of Youth Music, and of the National Lottery via Arts Council England. The project has also received financial support from the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership, Police and Crime Commissioners fund and Foundation Derbyshire.
“(The young musicians) are going to learn things that they wouldn’t get the chance to learn anywhere else. There’s so many different types of music coming together through this project…it’s unique!”
Jam Jam - Hip-Hop Music Leader