April at Brighter Sound

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April at Brighter Sound

Spring arrived on time, and a March intensely packed with quite amazing goings-on seemed to catapult us into April without us catching any breath.

Looking forward from the brilliant blur of the last few weeks, here are a few highlights of what’s coming up:

Kew Gardens Commission

We’re delighted to announce that one of our Sing City participants, Joy Hardy, a 16 year-old pianist, singer and writer has been successfully chosen as one of Kew Gardens’ Grow Wild young artists for 2016 and will produce a piece of audio art as part of this year’s commissions.

Brighter Sound will be able to support Joy through the process, namely Sara Lowes who’s worked with her through our Sing City project:

“I’ve been working with Joy for a while and am so delighted that she’s achieved this. Joy put together a really brilliant application – she has so much potential as a composer.”

Find out more here.

Bolton St Catherine’s Academy at School of Sound Recording

Pupils from Bolton St Catherine’s Academy will be in the studio at Manchester’s School of Sound Recording this week, working on both sides of the glass to record and mix some of their own music as part of our national action research project, Exchanging Notes. Find out more about Exchanging Notes here.

Creative Music Programme – courses and groups this term

Our new Creative Music Programme at Band on the Wall has gone on sale for April – June, with the usual mix of classic evening groups and courses and some newer additions too. Ones to watch out for – Indian Fusion Lab looking at how to incorporate Indian rhythm and melody for players and composers, Music Works: Understanding Music Theory group with Neil C Young entering its second run after a really successful first term, the old favourites – Folk group, Jazz Foundations, Ableton Live, Jubacana and more. Find out here.

After Hours: Behind Closed Doors

Creative Tourist have just announced the full listings for Manchester After Hours, a one night only, city wide social on Thurs 12 May.  This year, we’ve joined forces with Manchester Craft & Design Centre to present After Hours: Behind Closed Doors.  Musician Avital Raz performs a new piece inspired by Verity Howard’s Behind Closed Doors exhibition. A thought provoking performance connecting Avital’s unnerving musical style with Verity’s ability to capture snapshots into people’s lives. Find out more here.

Other news

Back in January, world folk fusion quintet Project Jam Sandwich led a special series of workshops for our Sing City young musicians. We’re excited to hear that they’re supporting Banga Magda at Band on the Wall next Tuesday 12 April. Find out more here.

For anyone who missed March’s events, I Love Hip Hop (featuring Kendrick Lamar) is our ‘Watch This’ film this month. This captures a really great moment with Kendrick in a cypher with some of the quite brilliant Manchester talent that attended the day of workshops.

Some of you may already have seen the footage that Reebok released, which at one point was in the top seven of YouTube’s global trending list (!). You can also see some of the best pics here with a wider selection on a blog from our official photographer for the event, Rachel Bywater. It was a truly inspirational day. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen – Reebok and Four23 for thinking of us, and all the organisations and people that helped to get young people there from all over Greater Manchester.

Our Picture Pick has some great shots of the Wonder Women week too, including Written in the Margins at Manchester Jewish Museum and our Here Come the Grrrls showcase at Band on the Wall.  We’ll have a film online of the Written in the Margins event imminently…