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Sound Connections Innovate project profiled on Radio 3’s In Tune Young Artists Day

It was a bank holiday weekend treat to hear Radio 3’s In Tune celebrating music led and created by young people, though you could accuse us of being a little biased… As well as being hosted by friends of the Wired4Music family, Roundhouse, the show featured two organisations, Bitter Suite and Kinetika Bloco, that have been part of recent Sound Connections programmes: Innovate and Reaching Out.  Steph Singer, founder of Bitter Suite, brilliantly articulated the thinking behind the organisation on the bank holiday In Tune show, describing how its interactive, multi-sensory approach aims “to counteract the idea that classical music is the opposite of young people.”  Sean Rafferty introduced it as an initiative that uses classical music to “augment and tempt the senses.”  As part of the Sound Connections Innovate programme, Steph used her multi-sensory approach to introduce classical music to a group of vulnerable young people in Croydon.  They worked with a chef, a perfumer, a choreographer, a designer and a graffiti artist to explore music ranging from Holst’s The Planets to Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

As we embark on Innovate 2015, it’s exciting to see a previous Innovate-funded project flourishing and evidence that the fund has, as it aims to do, acted as a springboard for future success.  We’re looking forward to announcing the five projects we recently awarded Innovate funding 2015 to in June, and supporting them on their journeys.

If you didn’t catch In Tune ‘Young Artists Day’ episode, there’s still time and it’s well worth a listen!


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