What Really Matters? aimed to provide a platform for young people’s creativity and to celebrate themes which matter most to us as young people such as community, freedom of expression, politics and mental health. Combining a DJ workshop, arts mural and live music performances, we wanted to provide young people like myself with the experience of a large scale, collaborative community based project and find out what it takes to pull it all together.

I decided to join was because I wanted to learn more about the role of the producer. Based on my experience with the festival planning group, I learnt that the role of the producer is basically to make the event happen. This can involve coming up with the concept, speaking to artists, budgeting and telling people about the event. I really enjoyed planning the social media presence campaign, planning tweets, selecting images to share and making it engaging and conversational as possible, to encourage young people to tell their friends about the festival, whilst gaining important skills about how to engage the public in conversations and encouraging them to come along and take part.

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In particular, I enjoyed the fact that everybody contributed to the ideas of the project during the planning process, either by planning timings or discussing themes to tie the different elements together. Everybody had an input into how the festival would look on the final day. It was also an opportunity for me to perform spoken word, I am looking forward to gaining more opportunities to perform and find out more about arts in general through Tate Collective, which I joined shortly after the project.

So far being a member of Tate Collective is proving to be a valuable experience, and a step up from my experience at Raw Material [youth project partnering with Tate] in terms of not only working creatively and artistically, but working more in depth with events, thinking about the effect you want to create and the impact you want on your audience. I find this very interesting and inspiring, and creatively, it has been a step up from Raw Material. I believe that this has been a useful experience and I hope it will help shape me as an artist and enable me to gain employment within the arts.

Words by Umaru Saidu, Tate Collective London

Video by Jessye Bloomfield, Tate Collective London

Following on from their work with the ENO in ‘Millions of Years’ at the British Museum, Raw Material and Brixton Youth Theatre were at the Coliseum on Friday night for the performance of Akhnaten – a thought-provoking, absorbing experience. Beautifully produced, with amazing sets, lighting and music, it got a definite thumbs up from all the young people.

The opera tells the story of the divine ruler of Egypt, husband to Nefertiti, father of a new religion. Akhnaten decrees that the sun god rules supreme, and the old gods must be banished from their temples. But instead, his people turn upon their Pharaoh as a traitor. Akhnaten must die. At the end will his new faith live on?

This extraordinary work has not been seen in London for 30 years and forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten).The mesmerising opera uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. ENO’s new production is directed by Improbable theatre company’s Phelim McDermott and follows his spectacular stagings of Glass’s Satyagraha and The Perfect American. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role, while conductor Karen Kamensek, a specialist in Glass’s music, makes her ENO debut.

We will be meeting soon with the ENO Baylis programme staff to feedback on the whole experience and to discuss new ideas and projects.

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Last Friday Raw Material toured the BBC building in the west end, going behind the scenes of our favourite radio station BBC 1Xtra. We had the chance to meet Greg James presenter of BBC Radio 1 and Charlie Sloth of BBC 1Xtra. Charlie Sloth came out of his radio show to meet us, offering his advice and insight in to his role as a music presenter on the BBC.  We were able to watch them behind the scenes live on air and see how they work. Our highlight was getting the opportunity  to learn how to run our own radio session, operate the sound effects, speaking through the headphones/mic and selecting tunes to play on their player list.

Thank you to BBC for the opportunity and to Charlie Sloth for his support!

 

School Ground Sounds and Raw Material have teamed up with a diverse, professional and industry-seasoned team of world class musicians to offer free mentoring sessions to aspiring young artists and musicians.

Our friendly team have worked with everyone from Ed Sheeran to The Clash and are passionate about supporting the next generation of break-through performers as they start out on their journey to a successful and exciting career.

If you are considering a career in music as an artist or musician and would like to learn about the music business first-hand from an instrument-matched and fully trained mentor, School Ground Sounds would love to offer you a place on our mentoring scheme in January 2016.

To be considered for a place on January’s scheme then simply email kayleigh@schoolgroundsounds.org with your name, age, instrument and a few words about your aspirations and why you’d like to receive free mentoring with SGS. You must be aged between 16 and 21 to apply and the deadline for applications is 1st December 2015. 

School Ground Sounds and Raw Material have teamed up with a diverse, professional and industry-seasoned team of world class musicians to offer free mentoring sessions to aspiring young artists and musicians.

Our friendly team have worked with everyone from Ed Sheeran to The Clash and are passionate about supporting the next generation of break-through performers as they start out on their journey to a successful and exciting career.

If you are considering a career in music as an artist or musician and would like to learn about the music business first-hand from an instrument-matched and fully trained mentor, School Ground Sounds would love to offer you a place on our mentoring scheme in January 2016.

To be considered for a place on January’s scheme then simply email kayleigh@schoolgroundsounds.org with your name, age, instrument and a few words about your aspirations and why you’d like to receive free mentoring with SGS. You must be aged between 16 and 21 to apply and the deadline for applications is 1st December 2015.