On Thursday 22 July, Library @ the Lightbox hosted a closing event for the Youth Music project.
Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that support children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. The charity works particularly with those who don’t get to make music because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through.
Barnsley Libraries worked with partners and young people who participated in music-making activities with professional musicians, sound engineers and artists, including Helen Boutle, Matthew Laurie and Chris Davis. Partners include Barnsley College, WE Great Ladies and Barnsley Music Hub.
There have been five strands to the project:
- Barnsley’s Music Hub and Rhythm Inc have been working one-to-one with young people across the borough to provide them with tailor-made music tuition.
- Barnsley College Learning for Living and Work students have worked online to create a beautiful digital story The Blue Bird with an accompanying music track.
- Foundation Learners from Barnsley College have taken part in workshops and created a beatbox track and photographic show using the pandemic as inspiration.
- Families and individuals from ‘Feels Like Home’ have created a group ‘anthem’ and a music video with musician Nick Lewis and co-ordinator Joanna Sutcliffe, with support from Barnsley Museums.
- A new music group called ‘Next Big Thing’ led by WE Great Ladies and Simon Grainger have created an outstanding pop video.
Overall, 126 participants and 13 artists, musicians and sound engineers have been involved in the project with 4 music tracks and videos produced. They are all now available to view on Barnsley Libraries YouTube channel.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "Four brilliant music tracks and videos that have been produced during this project show how many passionate and creative people we've got, and they should all be very proud of their achievements.
"It was great to see many children, young people and adults from different countries and backgrounds come together to collaborate and create some wonderful music tracks and videos with some very important messages within.
"Hopefully, this project has given everyone an opportunity to connect with others, make new friends, learn a new skill or boost confidence through art, culture and music."
This project was supported by Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.