Meet our 2017 trainees

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We’re delighted to introduce our four fantastic trainees, Delia, Hamdi, James and Andy, who’ll be working across a range of Brighter Sound projects.

Meet our 2017 trainees
8th May 2017

We’re delighted to introduce our four fantastic trainees, Delia, Hamdi, James and Andy, who’ll be working across a range of Brighter Sound projects.

Earlier in the year we announced an exciting opportunity for emerging practitioners to apply for our 2017 traineeship scheme. We’re now delighted to introduce our four fantastic trainees: Delia, Hamdi, James and Andy.

They’ll be working alongside our dedicated team of experienced artists and practitioners across a range of Brighter Sound projects. Our traineeships aim to support and develop musicians who are looking to build their skills as a creative practitioner in one of the many areas we cover – young and emerging musicians, programming creative events, project management, strategic development and music education. Find out more about our trainees...

Delia Stevens

I am a professional, freelance percussionist based in Manchester. I really believe that music, and particularly percussion, is something anyone can join in with, no matter what the situation.

I am a classically trained percussionist, having graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2014. I've worked with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata as well as renowned pop artists such as New Order, Daughter and Gaz Coombes. I also co-founded the Aurora Percussion Duo and a world music band called Kabantu, as well as working as the Principal Percussionist in classical contemporary music ensembles House of Bedlam, Dark Inventions and Almost Credible Music.

I am really excited to be doing some in-depth work with Brighter Sound over the next six months as I love the freedom and variety the programme offers. Through previous outreach work the main thing that I have learnt that music is often the invisible glue tying disparate people together, or the invisible hammer, smashing down barriers – whether they be social, physical or personal barriers. I hope this traineeship with Brighter Sound will allow me to further build on this and really make a difference using music.

Delia Stevens

James Taylor

My name is James Lyons and I am a rapper, beatboxer, multi instrumentalist, music producer and teacher.  My passion for music grew from a keen interest in writing and performing rap poetry in my early teens and I now specialise in instrument based beatboxing (simultaneously beatboxing with flute, harmonica or guitar).  I have played in numerous different bands over the years, with highlights including festival appearances at Glastonbury and Boomtown Fair, and a six month tour around South East Asia.

When I heard about the traineeship scheme I was excited at the prospect of being able share my skills with others, with a team dedicated to enriching people’s lives with music.  After working as a freelance music teacher for a while, I am looking forward to learning how to develop extended projects and create my own work opportunities.  I am now honoured to have the chance to work with such an amazing company as Brighter Sound.

James Taylor

Hamdi Hassan

I'm a recording artist and songwriter from Manchester. I have been recording music for the past 10 years and have worked on numerous music production projects in and around Manchester.

My background in music stems from my days spent in Denmark where I grew up. I attended an arts school and learnt the drums, piano and songwriting as my first introduction to music. It's been a lively love affair ever since. I was first introduced to Brighter Sound through working on the Founds Sounds project at the Manchester Central Library, working with a enthusiastic cohort around manipulating recordings from the Library's archives into musical pieces to share with the public.

I'm looking forward to learning the ins and outs of running projects that have music & young people at the core of it. I learn by watching and doing so I'm looking forward to picking up planning skills and also building up my network of contacts. My ambition is to become a better facilitator and develop an understanding of how projects are set up, and the key attributes for an engaging and productive project for young people.

 

Hamdi Hassan

Andy Hammond

I’m a self-employed sound engineer and musician, specialising in fingerstyle guitar, blues, folk, and experimental raga-like instrumental compositions.

Since graduation I have spent a lot of time volunteering to support youth development projects. This has led to building a relationship with Z-Arts in Hulme where, over the last four years, I have been hard at work designing and building a high-quality recording studio, called Studio Z. Every Saturday young people get to use this studio for free and the rest of the week it’s used by commercial clients. We record everything from solo rap artists to 30+ piece orchestras.

Over the last few years my personal development has been narrowly focussed on Studio Z. Now that’s up and running, and as a Brighter Sound trainee, I’m hoping to meet, and learn from, like-minded people who are enthusiastic about creating new musical opportunities for young people. I’m especially looking forward to working with an established organisation such as Brighter Sound and discovering how they maintain their level of exciting and unique programming so I can develop the skills necessary to write, plan, fund and deliver artistic programmes.

Andy Hammond