Music Taster Sessions to run in the Library @ the Lightbox

Barnsley Libraries set to deliver music sessions in the new Library @ the Lightbox thanks to funding received from Arts Council England.

The libraries team successfully applied for a bid in which they will be receiving support of £21,057 through the Arts Council’s National Lottery funded Project Grant programme to run the unique venture.

The ‘Music Production Taster Sessions’ project will be available to people who are unable to access musical training through formal education routes.

Run in partnership with Rhythm Inc, a local music tuition centre within Barnsley; the sessions are aimed at supporting residents to develop on skills they currently have or to learn a new hobby.

There will be an opportunity to use state-of-the-art technology within the sessions and will open up the prospect of hosting live gigs within the library similar to the recent Live@TheLibrary events. 

Based within the brand new Library @ the Lightbox, which will open in July, these sessions are just one example of how the space is more than just a typical library, intending to bring people of all ages together to the community hub to learn in a fun and vibrant environment.

Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Communities, said: “This is a fantastic venture for anyone with a keen interest in music and sound engineering to give it a go and learn something new.

The new Library @ the Lightbox will offer a whole host of potential opportunities for residents to learn or try something new and exciting.”

Pete Massey, Director North, Arts Council England said: “We know that creativity can play a huge role in everyone’s development, especially that of young people, and it’s vital that all young people have the chance to experience arts and culture.

“So I’m really pleased that we have supported this project which will help those from all backgrounds to learn new skills and discover the joy of making music.

Libraries do so much to help the local community access training and development opportunities and so it’s exciting that the Music Production Taster Sessions will take place in the brand new Library @ the Lightbox.”

The impressive facility, a central feature of The Glass Works, will be housed over four floors and boast a range of digital services, including cutting-edge virtual reality, a 65-inch interactive touch screen and tablet computers.

The fully accessible building will also offer a sanctuary room for people with autism. The community event space both inside and on its roof terrace will act as a multi-purpose venue suitable for hosting large events, workshops and activities, while its rooftop terrace will offer fantastic views of the town centre.

Anyone who would like to register their interest or find out further information should email

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