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New Sound Connections projects kick off the autumn term!

A range of Innovate and Reaching Out projects are launching this term, working with children and young people in challenging circumstances across London’s ‘cold spot’ areas.

These will include Musicus Guitar Band, a group music-making session in partnership with the Dalgarno Trust and Peabody Estates. This innovative approach to band-building has been developed by musical entrepreneur, Tom Halpenny who devised the system whilst working in the New York school system. We also see the return of the Cable Street Voices project in Tower Hamlets, returning for a second term of exciting participatory singing and in Brent musician Phil Hogg ran a summer school for young people with special education needs and their siblings. Meanwhile, The British DJ & MC Academy have been touring schools and estates in Enfield with their mobile DJing experience. We’ll also be rolling out the project to Haringey, based around Northumberland Park in Tottenham.

In the run-up to our October seminar, our work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities has been going from strength to strength. July saw the successful completion of Kimnara Music’s H.BAM project which empowered a group of young people with SEND to build their own band culminating in a fantastic performance at Huddlestone Centre, Hackney.

More projects – ranging from early years music-making to experimental under-water music therapy – are in the pipeline including in Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Brent & North Hammersmith and Barking & Dagenham so watch this space!

Innovate and Reaching Out projects are made possible through funding from The National Foundation for Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion programme.

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