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St. Hugh’s Youth Project, Anerley, August 2015

Following the success of last year’s project, Community Music in Action returned to St Hugh’s Community Centre in Anerley, to deliver a second music project.

Funded with a grant from Affinity Sutton, the 4 day ‘summer workshop’ for young people aged 8-13 years was led by musician, Aaron Duncan. Over the course of the week, Aaron guided the young people through the process of writing, producing and recording their own original song.

Monday morning saw 12 kids arrive feeling somewhat apprehensive. In amongst the group it was great to see some familiar faces from last year and this helped everyone bond and feel at ease. After some musical games, Aaron kicked off a brainstorming session about global issues. The subject of ‘War’ came through strongly and all agreed this would be a great theme for the song. The kids got straight to work on lyric writing and by the end of the day had the basis of a really inspiring song.

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“This course is great, instead of laying in bed or playing my Xbox
I’m learning some really cool stuff and making friends”

Workshop Attendee

Over the next two days, Aaron helped the group fine tune their lyrics and structure the song, agree vocalists and add the lyrics to melodies and then a sound track. Everyone in the group had a part either singing or rapping and with encouragement and support from Aaron, they all became more comfortable in delivering their lyrics with confidence. It was great to see some real talent shining through.

“I usually feel so shy singing in front of people but each day
I come to this course I feel more and more confident”

“Workshop Attendee

The kids practised their parts really hard and by Thursday were ready to record their vocals. An excited bunch entered the recording studio at Anerley Town Hall and emerged smiling, proudly clutching a copy of their own original song.

We also were delighted with what they achieved; please listen here to their track “War Stories”….

Project Objectives

  • provide a stimulating and engaging summer activity for local young people
  • give young people the opportunity to experience some of the processes involved in writing, recording and producing music
  • through music, help young people to develop their self-confidence and ability to express themselves
  • build cohesion among the young people

Project Leader

Aaron Duncan is a skilled artist practitioner with a proven track record in providing creative workshops and short courses for young people in and around London. He currently coordinates a youth recording studio in Anerley Town Hall called The Mixtape Project, where he provides drop-in style recording sessions, artist development courses and educational music programmes.

This is the first of four music projects that CMIA are funding this summer. Watch this space for more information.

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St Hugh’s Youth Project, Anerley, August 2014

Funded with a grant from Affinity Sutton, Community Music in Action delivered a music project at St Hugh’s Community Centre in Anerley this August. Led by Aaron Duncan and Bonita Charles, the week long ‘summer school’ was for young people aged 8-13 years.

Over the course of the week the young people were to write and produce their own original song, as well have the chance to make beats and learn how to DJ.

They arrived on Monday morning seeming shy and reserved but after some ice breakers and musical games, they soon started to open up and relax. Together they came up with ‘Bravery’ as the theme to their song and split into groups to work on the lyrics.

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By Wednesday they were ready to record their song and it was exciting to see it all coming together. Aaron showed the young people how to produce the song using the sequencing software Logic Pro. Throughout the week he also took the young people off into small groups to work on making beats and DJ’ing using his decks. This was all made into a CD that was given to each participant at the end of the week.

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On Friday morning, Bonita worked with the group on building confidence, voice projection and creating a stage presence. By the afternoon they were ready to perform their finished song to a small audience of family and friends.

Click below to listen to the song – We think it sounds fantastic!

PROJECT AIMS

  • to learn and develop skills in MC / lyric writing, sound engineering and producing
  • to engage young people in the Affinity Sutton housing estates in positive activities in their local area and promote community cohesion
  • to build confidence and foster self belief
  • to encourage working together as a team and building on individual strengths
  • to leave a legacy and for young people to become regular active users of the centre and attendees of the youth club after the project is over

PROJECT LEADER

Aaron Duncan is a skilled artist practitioner with a proven track record in providing creative workshops and short courses for young people in and around London. He currently coordinates a youth recording studio in Anerley Town Hall called The Mixtape Project, where he provides drop-in style recording sessions, artist development courses and educational music programs.

Bonita ‘Bella’ Charles is a creative arts practitioner in London. She is also a singer / songwriter / MC.