After an exciting and intense start to the summer, we are starting to look towards the autumn programme for Brighter Sound at Band on the Wall.
We’re proud to present a collection of courses, projects and residencies that reflect our partnership with the iconic venue and that, we hope, will provide enjoyable, inventive and challenging opportunities for everyone who takes part.
Children & Families
Starting with our Early Years programme, we’re delighted to welcome back Beth and her team for another term of Shake Rattle and Roll. Back after a bit of a break, we are launching a new term of Junior Jam sessions featuring folk fusion quintet Project Jam Sandwich – a match made in heaven! Junior Jam sessions will take place on the first Saturday of each month, each with an exciting theme.
We see Sing City returning this September but with a few changes. We’re moving to six-weekly themed blocks, led by a new collaborative team of young and emerging professionals, and with a live night at the end of each block. We’re particularly excited about the gaming theme which is coming up in block one. Sing City is free and open to musicians under the age of 18 with an interest in song-writing and composition, collaboration, live performance and just generally finding out more about the world of music. The weekly sessions can be booked in advance and the live night is an open platform for any young bands looking for a stage to perform.
Young Composers Commission
Coming up later in the season we will be bringing back our commissioning strand, an opportunity for two young composers (aged 16-25) to write an original body of music in any genre, in response to the forthcoming brief The Age of Ads – more details to follow.
Weekly Courses & Activities
We’re excited to be adding Lyrics & Vocals to our programme on a Monday evening. This new vocal and songwriting group led by experienced tutor and published songwriter John Blaylock is for anyone interested in improving vocal skills, learning songwriting craft, harmonising and arranging, collaborating and finding ways to get your songs heard, picked up and published.
Tuesday is more experimental as we will be joined by Modul:Projects (formerly Modular Music School) for Modul:Meets a series of free sessions for anyone, any age, interested in electronic music performance, composition and production, that will lead up to a new round of residencies.
Wednesday is folk night with virtuoso fiddle player Emma Sweeney and guitarist Paul Cowham leading another series of the Folk Group and Thursday is Jazz night with Munch Manship continuing the popular Jazz Foundations. If you fancy learning an instrument from scratch, our 1-to-1 and group guitar classes with Noel Maher are up and running and on a Wednesday and Friday evening.
We’re delighted to continue hosting Golden Voices – a community choir for over 50’s running in the Picturehouse on a Thursday morning. New members welcome, pop down and give it a try.
Don’t forget to check the Band on the Wall programme for gigs that correlate with the courses we’re running – lots of great folk, jazz, indie, hip hop and experimental – and a reminder that while these events are on in the main venue, the Picturehouse bar will be open for food, drinks and impromptu performance!
We look forward to welcoming Terence Blanchard as our guest artist for the new Jazz Director Series that we will be touring in partnership with Band on the Wall and looking ahead to October we will be joined by two amazing artists – the incredible innovator and inspirational Imogen Heap followed by a return from cultural activist and etho-jazz singer Meklit. More details on this to come.