Grand finale for Bath and north east Somerset music project
A music project which brought together young people from across Bath and north east Somerset has culminated in an evening of performances.
The Make Music Happen Celebration Event took place at the egg theatre cafe and featured the talents of teenagers who had taken part in a series of seminars and workshops to help them make, perform and promote music.
The idea was that the participants, who were from Snow Hill, Whiteway, Keynsham, Radstock and Midsomer Norton were given the opportunity to get experience from professional musicians and have the chance to make their own music to perform in front of others.
It was organised by Bath Festivals, whose learning and participation manager Louise Betts said the show had been the perfect way to show off how much the youngsters had learnt.
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She said: "With the workshops people didn't have to come with any level of music making ability; they could have just been given an instrument the week before or they could be Grade 8.
"We have done some work with MCs, drumming, DJ-ing, songwriting, completely different to the more traditional or formal music-making that they might have done in school."
The event last Friday, featured youngsters from the Time Out youth centre in Keynsham performing a piece they had created from scratch, singer songwriter Amber Dee showcasing her latest work, and young DJs from Radstock putting on a show.
Sam Plummer, youth worker at Radstock Youth Hub, said: "The project has built confidence within the young people it has worked with and it has brought different groups of young people together.
"The project has definitely been a great experience for staff and young people alike. It has made a real difference to the young people it has worked with."
Make Music Happen was part of the Bath Festivals learning and participation programme and was funded by Youth Music and B&NES Council.
It was supported by Bath Area Cultural Forum, Bath Music Plus, Bath and North East Somerset Music Service, Bath and North East Somerset Youth Service, Bath Spa University, Boom Stage, City of Bath College and Suited and Booted Studios.