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Musical Cultures
Discovering our creative roots...

During 2021, our young creatives used social media to consult with other young people to find out which four destinations and themes we should chose to explore and deliver a weekend workshops.

The results are in and the chosen themes are:

Samba drumming,

Afro Beats,

Folk Music (inc. song writing),

Carribean Steel Drums.

In February and March 2022, young people aged 11-19 years will be invited to work with specialist guest musicians to experience and make music in a range of different styles, and discover how they influence their own musical interests and creativity.


 

FREE Workshops in February and March 2022

ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE (COVID SAFE DELIVERY).
BAD WEATHER? !!!CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL AND KEEP SAFE!!!

Our team of young people have been busy planning four world music workshops to take place in February and March 2022 for ages 11-19yrs. Sessions are FREE to attend supported by NYMAZ and Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

If you play an instrument great, you are welcome to bring it along to the session but it isn’t a requirement. Instruments are provided and everyone is welcome to come and take part and find out about different musical cultures and styles and have fun making-music together. PLEASE register your place as we only have a limited number of spaces available.

Each workshop will finish with an early evening informal celebration concert at 6.00pm when our guest music leaders and participants will present what they have created over the two days.
All welcome. Pay as you feel (donations welcome).


- LAST UPDATED 20.02.22 -

 

CELEBRATION CONCERTS

Each full-day workshop will finish with an early evening informal celebration concert at 6.00pm when our guest music leaders and participants will present what they have created over the two days.
Pay as you feel (donations welcome).
Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm available.


AFRO BEATS WITH CECIL JONES

NEW DATES
Friday 4th March | 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Hall - DL8 5BB

Saturday 5th March | 10.00am - 5.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Hall - DL8 5BB

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Each workshop will finish with an early evening informal celebration concert at 6.00pm when our guest music leaders and participants will present what they have created over the two days. Pay as you feel (donations welcome).

CLICK HERE TO ATTEND THIS PERFORMANCE


 

FOLK MUSIC WITH STORM CHORUS
Friday 18th March | 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Hall - DL8 5BB

Saturday 19th March | 10.00am - 5.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Hall - DL8 5BB

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Each workshop will finish with an early evening informal celebration concert at 6.00pm when our guest music leaders and participants will present what they have created over the two days. Pay as you feel (donations welcome).

CLICK HERE TO ATTEND THIS PERFORMANCE


 

SAMBA DRUMS WITH JACK DRUM ARTS
Friday 25th March | 6.00pm to 9.00pm
West Burton Village Hall - DL8 4JY

Saturday 26th March | 10.00am - 5.00pm
West Burton Village Hall - DL8 4JY

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Each workshop will finish with an early evening informal celebration concert at 6.00pm when our guest music leaders and participants will present what they have created over the two days. Pay as you feel (donations welcome).

CLICK HERE TO ATTEND THIS PERFORMANCE


 

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PRESS RELEASE

JOIN OUR FREE MUSICAL CULTURES WORKSHOPS AND CONCERTS
Running in February and March 2022, for ages 11-19

Calling all young musicians! This is your chance to explore different musical cultures and have fun making music together!

BlueBoxt is offering a series of FREE Musical Cultures workshops throughout February and March, supported by NYMAZ and Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

If you already play an instrument, then great! You are welcome to bring it along. But it isn’t a requirement. Instruments are provided and everyone is welcome at these inspiring two-day workshops – whatever your level of experience. With four fantastic musical cultures to choose from, this is a brilliant way to learn something new in a fun and supportive environment. Each workshop will finish with an early evening informal celebration concert at 6.00pm, when our guest music leaders and participants will present what they have created.

Caribbean Steel Drums with Melvin Zakers

Friday 18th February 6.30-9.30pm and
Saturday 19th February 10.00am – 5.00pm
at Leyburn Methodist Hall, DL8 5BB

 

Afro Beats with Cecil Jones
Friday 4th March 6.00pm-9.00pm
Saturday 5th March 10.00am – 5.00pm
at Leyburn Methodist Hall, DL8 5BB

 

Folk Music with Rebecca and David from Storm Chorus
Friday 18th March 6.00-9.00pm and
Saturday 19th March 10.00am – 5.00pm
at Leyburn Methodist Hall, DL8 5BB

 

Samba Drumming with Jack Drum Arts
Friday 25th March 6.00pm-9.00pm and
Saturday 26th March 10.00am – 5.00pm
at West Burton Village Hall, DL8 4JY

Only a limited number of spaces are available, so book your FREE place or find out more by calling Colin Bailey on 07711 211169, emailing info@blueboxt.co.uk or click here to book online.

All welcome, pay as you feel donations appreciated


COVID-19

Online support is available. Our regular face-to-face group sessions are running again. We are monitoring Government guidance carefully and assessing the risk to our volunteers and participants. We will need your help to make this work and ensure the safety and protection of everyone.

Keep taking regular Lateral Flow Tests and if you think you might have symptoms, or come into contact with someone who has, please get in touch to discuss.


Meet our guest Music Leaders

Cecil Jones (Afro Beats)

Cecil Jones (Afro Beats)

Guest Music Leader

Cecil Jones - CJ - is a Musician, Singer Songwriter, Solo Artist and Multi Instrumentalist from Freetown, Sierra Leone who lives in the city of Hull. 

Music has been part of Cecil’s life since he started his musical journey in Freetown Sierra Leone at the age of twelve. He then travelled to the UK where he continued his musical pursuits by studying at Morley College and Hull University respectively. 

He plays music from around the world, including Jazz, Classical, pop, Gospel and Traditional.

Cecil’s music mostly relates to his life's journey and he finds lot of strength and comfort through performing. He also performed with various bands and choirs in London and Hull.

Cecil runs Music Workshops in Primary and Secondary schools and also supports various charities including the Open Doors Project in Hull.

"It's great fun making new beats with people who have only just met and seeing where the groove takes us!" CJ

Storm Chorus - Rebecca Denniff and David Owen

Guest Music Leaders

Storm Chorus is a collaboration between David Owen (The Hollow Men, The FLK, Band of Cloud) and Rebecca Denniff (Subphotic, The Outlanders).  Together, they take traditional songs and recreate them in unexpected ways, making them relevant to modern day, to the time and space that we exist in, and to the audiences they perform to.  

They use unconventional instrumentation to create a sound that fits within an imagined world and tears up the rule book so that it can be rewritten it to suit the individual(s). 

Rebecca and David are popular figures in the Whitby and North Yorkshire music scene and inspire people of all ages to get involved in making music from early years and community choirs to recording, sing-a-rounds and festivals.

Rebecca says "Together, we will reimagine songs about the local area and that participants bring to the session, and recreate them in a new, relevant and unique way."

David adds "Bring an instrument, a voice, an idea or just yourselves and be prepared to collaborate on the creation of a new wave of folk songs."

Jack Drum Arts - Sam Ward-Hardy

Guest Music Leader

Jack Drum Arts is a sustainable, social enterprise providing cultural opportunities for communities in County Durham and the wider region through a range of workshops, courses, theatre, music-making and outdoor events.

We had great fun last time the team led by Sam Ward-Hardy and the RunAway Samba Band came to Wensleydale.

"It doesn't matter if you have never played a Samba drum before, we will soon have you moving and playing to the Rhythm" says Sam, "be prepared for a fast-paced, high-energy, foot-stomping weekend of musical fun!"


 

Past workshops

CARRIBEAN STEEL DRUMS WITH MELVIN ZAKERS
Friday 18th February | 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Saturday 19th February | 10.00am - 5.00pm
Leyburn Methodist Hall - DL8 5BB

Each workshop will finish with an early evening informal celebration concert at 6.00pm when our guest music leaders and participants will present what they have created over the two days. Pay as you feel (donations welcome).


 

"What a fantastic weekend I had in Leyburn! It was great to meet the young people and share what we created together with family and friends." Melvin

Melvin Zakers (Steel Pans)

Guest Music Leader

Melvin was born and raised in a multi cultural area of Chapletown, Leeds. He was introduced to steel pans at school when he was 8 years old which sparked his interest to discover more. He joined a class held at Chapeltown Community Centre and the rest, as they say, is history.

Melvin soon established a name for himself and was inivited to take part in performances at various carnivals, festivals and private functions. He regularly leads workshops and teaches for Leed City Council, Kirklees Music School and New World School of music. He also performs as a solo artist and with the Carribean Breeze Steel Band and New World Steel Orchestra. He has played for members of the Royal Family, at military events, on cruise ships and helps organise Leeds West Indian Carnival.


Questions and Queries

Here are some of the regular questions and queries we receive so we thought we would share them here.
Please get in touch if you have additional queries and we will be happy to help.

My half-term and holidays are different to North Yorkshire Schools - am I excluded?
No, hopefully we can work together so you get the best possible experience from our activities.

I can't make all the dates because of a previous commitment - am I excluded?
No, we know just how busy it gets with school, college, family, part time jobs and we don't want this to be a barrier for you taking part. Talk to us regularly and we will see what we can do to make it work for everyone.

Do I need to bring food and drink with me?
Yes, it is always good to bring something to drink and healthy snacks to help maintain your energy levels. Where possible, we try to provide facilities to make drinks as well. We would rather you didn't leave the session to go and get food but we understand this is not always possible.

What skill level do I need to be?
As long as you are willing to try and have a go you will be fine. We aim to accommodate all skills levels in our activities and tailor each session to allow all participants to progress. Sometimes, it does help to have a few years of instrumental learning and experience but we will talk about this with you in advance if we need to. Please get in touch if you have any concerns.

Do I need to bring food and drink with me?
Yes, it is always good to bring something to drink and healthy snacks to help maintain your energy levels. Where possible, we try to provide facilities to make drinks as well. We would rather you didn't leave the session to go an get food but we understand this is not always possible.

Do I need my own musical instrument?
For our workshops, we always have a range of instruments for participants to use. If you have your own, you are welcome to bring them but it is your responsibility to look after them and keep them safe. We also have a range of instruments and sound equipment we can lend if you want to try an instrument before you decide to purchase your own or taking part or organising a community event. Instruments and equipment can be expensive to replace so it is always advisable to consider having insurance (for example, as part of home contents cover).

Do I need hearing protection?
Some activities are loud by their nature and we encourage everyone to ALWAYS protect their hearing. We have disposable ear plugs and headphones participants can use. It is always good to have your own protection too. We can assist so do get in touch.

What do I need to wear?
We recommend comfortable and sensible clothing. You might be standing for some of the time. You might be cold if we have to keep air ciculating etc. It is always good to be prepared.

I am auditioning for my Youth Theatre/ School production/ Band so I might be part of another production/ concert at the same time - will this be OK?
Yes, as long as the dates work and you feel you can commit fully to both activities. These are all great opportunities and we hope you get a lot of enjoyment and experience by taking part. We are happy to have a chat with you so you can make an informed, and inparticial, decision that is right for you.

I am 19 (or older)/ have left school/ work as an apprentice/ study at College/ University - can I still be involved?
Yes, most of our projects run up to age 25yrs and then we have volunteering opportunities and bursary support from our BlueAngels scheme to help where needed. Our aim is to offer cross-generational projects and activities ideal for those learning their craft, looking to gain experience, demonstrate skills for their portfolio or taking part in a hobby they enjoy.

The creative team are flexible in their approach and welcome ideas from everyone involved. Our ethos is built on respecting each other and allowing everyone to express themselves. We encourage mentoring and skill sharing and believe we all have something to offer and are never too old to learn and develop new methods and ways of working. 

We already have a family holiday/ school music tour booked and some of the dates clash?
Don't worry, as long as we know the dates we might be able to schedule rehearsals/ performances to work for everyone. You might not be the only person in this position! We will try and be as flexible as possible so contact us first before taking a decision.

What will I get out of being involved?
There are lots of benefits you can get when you take part in a community performing arts activities. Here are a few...

  • An opportunity to work alongside professionals and meet with other like-minded young people from the area who may attend a different school, college or group.

  • A chance to find out whether the performing arts is an area you are interested in and would like to do more by joining a group of choosing to study.

  • A chance to boost your CV or personal statement by showing activities you are involved with outside of school.

  • A chance to gain a nationally recognised qualification by studying for An Arts Award which can offer UCAS points for entry into university. [Arts Award is very similar to the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh Awards for outdoor activities). Young people identify a new skill to research and learn, volunteer to share and present an artform and present their achievements. Levels include Discover and Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.]

What if I have never performed in public before?
Come along and see if you like it! We want you to enjoy the experience and have a great time. Performances are always optional. Some participants might be a member of a drama group, dance school or music ensemble or may never have had the opportunity to take part in a live performance before. We are providing opportunities to come together with other like-minded individuals and work alongside professionals to create high quality and entertaining experience for both performers, audiences and supporters.

I already have my own recording setup and use Ableton Live/ Audition/ Cubase/ Logic/ Protools software, can I still be involved?
Yes, whether your are new to recording and production or have some experience everyone is welcome. Your skills will be invaluable to help all participants get the most out of the sessions and we want to hear and learn from your knowledge and experiences. We know you will get a lot out of the programme as well and it will look great on your personal statement. The choice of software doesn't matter there are lots of similarities and your finished music or individual stems can be imported/ exported from VIP Studio or other software we use in the group sessions so you can continue working outside of the sessions.

Does it cost to take part?
BlueBoxt activities are currently free for those experiencing financial hardship or taking part in projects where we have external funding. BlueAngels is our individual giving programme where our supporters, donors and volunteers can help support the true cost of running the sessions and the organisation. There may be additional charges from time to time such as exam entry fees or associated costs such as room hire but these will be discussed individually as required.

Bursaries are available subject to funding. Applications are made by letter or email and considered in confidence by the Management Committee on a case by case basis. Please ask for further information and guidance, we are more than happy to discuss options with you.

Is it just aimed at amateurs or are their professional opportunities too?
We have the same expectation as if we were working with paid professionals! We expect everyone to be fully commited and work as a team - we have a challenging schedule to keep to meet our performance and project deadlines and always aim to deliver a highly polished and high quality performance for our audiences to enjoy. That said, we know it will be both hard work and demanding but also a very rewarding and enjoyable experience too.

There are also opportunities to be part of our professional touring stage productions. Talk to us if you are interested in all aspects of running and presenting in community arts spaces and profesisonal theatres.