17 Jan 2019


Arts Council England funds music residencies to broaden cultural opportunities for rural children

Young people in rural North Yorkshire will have the chance to experience a range of musical genres and cultures, thanks to a new programme - ‘Sounding Out’- from youth music charity NYMAZ.

With funding from Arts Council England, ‘Sounding Out’ will invite young people to work alongside professional musicians in a series of three music residencies held in the half-term holidays in 2019.

The first residency takes place this February (25 February to 1 March) at Settle Victoria Hall. Trio Simbora will take participants on a musical journey through Brazil, from Rio’s instrumental Choro music to the uplifting songs from the Forró and the Afro-Brazilian traditions of the north-east region.

In addition to learning new instrumental and vocal techniques with the band, participants will perform in concert alongside Trio Simbora on the final evening. Subsequent residencies will focus on jazz and folk music respectively.

Sarah McWatt, Director, NYMAZ explains the thinking behind the residencies, “Sounding Out is designed to introduce our participants to an exciting, diverse range of cultural influences.  They will explore different genres of music and the stories behind them, meet role models from backgrounds and communities different to their own and gain a greater awareness of the creative and cultural diversity of the UK.”

“We are working with some fantastic partners – Live Music Now, Jazz North and the English Folk Dance and Song Society – to provide participants with the chance to learn alongside artists with a national profile. Over the course of the week, they will acquire new instrumental and vocal techniques, develop improvisation and compositional techniques as well as enhancing listening, group musicianship and performance skills. It’s a brilliant opportunity, open to young people aged 10 to 18 of all abilities.”

In addition, schools interested in learning more about Brazilian music are invited to tune into a free live broadcast with Trio Simbora at 1.15pm, 7 February, on www.connectresound.live.

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, plus additional support from Paul Hamlyn Fund and Santander, the music residencies are offered free of charge.

Future residencies are as follows:
Summer half-term, 27 May to 31 May 2019, Selby Town Hall
Band: Tipping Point
Partnering with Jazz North
October half-term, 28 October to 1 November 2019, Helmsley Arts Centre
Band: Tappy Lappy Quartet
Partnering with English Folk Dance and Song Society



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