Pupils from MCMA School take over Reform Radio as part of Exchanging Notes
11 young musicians from MCMA School came to Reform Radio at Old Granada Studios, Manchester, for a day of training, recording and broadcasting. Brighter Sound had set up the day as part of our Exchanging Notes project, through which we’ve worked with the group for over two years.
Normally involved in making music, the pupils had expressed a keen interest in seeing how a radio station worked and setting up the session seemed like a great way to give the group access and insight into real, live broadcasting. Reform are well known for their brilliant training and engagement work and set up a day of activity.
Lead practitioner Phill Howley told us; “It was a brilliant day, full of incredible surprises – not least that the future of Radio presenting is in safe hands, and these young people from North Manchester possess a lot of natural talent… Watch out Nick Grimshaw!”
Reform Radio was certainly an inspirational environment – the group were shown the ropes by the staff before being let loose on the mixing desk, mics and playlist as they ran their own show, filled with interviews, chat and music. Reform’s DJ Paulette even brought some of the group into her studio as she broadcast live, chatting with them between tracks.
We did get to listen in actually, and the content was quick, sharp, and very very funny. The group are planning to revive the school’s radio studio with a view to running a school station that will support other pupils to get involved.
Exchanging Notes is a national project funded by Youth Music to explore how different teaching styles can work for pupils in a music environment. Brighter Sound is working with two schools over four years with an ongoing programme of activities both in and out of school, collaborating with the schools, the teachers and the pupils. The project is also to support research led by Birmingham City University into pedagogies in the classroom.