A new piece inspired by Janacek’s opera JENUFA, created by ENO youth company in partnership with Raw Material and Brixton Youth Theatre.

An truly amazing production – achieved in only five days at the spacious studios in West Hampstead north London.  A cast of 50 young people came from all over London, including our own Brixton crew and members from our Instrumental Zone music project, with a Raw Material musician working alongside the ENO team.

The group were able to explore Janacek’s music and themes from the opera Jenufa – that explored the secrets we may keep and what happens when the truth is revealed, a pertinent topic at the present time- and to create their own original interpretations of the theme, to write, devise and perform. An incredible production and experience for these emerging young performers.

This is our third collaboration with the ENO and its just gets better each time!

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.

What Really Matters Aug 2015 c Tate (10)

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

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.