Creative Ribble Valley teenagers given excellence in arts awards
8:30am Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
CREATIVE teenagers in the Ribble Valley have been granted an Excellence in Arts award to help nuture their outstanding talents.
Members of the Be My Band project at the Grand Theatre in Clitheroe were awarded £50 to enable them to pay for another term of music and performance tution.
Guitarist and singer James Walsh, 15, from Slaidburn was one of the lucky musicians chosen for the grant.
“I didn’t really know anything about it because my Mum put me up for it without telling me but it’s so good to know that they thought that what I was doing was worthy of investment.
“I was really glad to win it too and to be able to stay on for another term at Be My Band.”
Be My Band is the brainchild of Stephen Blackburn, schools and projects manager at the York Street Venue.
It allows young people between the ages of 11 and 18 to explore their interest in music by playing and performing together.
Under the guidance of experienced music teacher and performer, Roo Walker, the youngsters form bands and hone their musical technique and performance skills in masterclasses.
At the end of each term, a concert showcases the skills they’ve learnt in front of an audience of around 100 people at the Grand.
Stephen said: “It’s so important to have programmes like this in place and somewhere for young people to go to explore their creativity.
“It’s absolutely inspiring for them and we also find that by engaging in activities that they are passionate about, the youngsters perform better academically.”
James Walsh said: “It’s a great way of learning technique without being confined by timetables or exams.
“I’ve got so much more confidence now as a musician and it’s been a great way to meet new people.”
Be My Band are eager to hear from budding musicians and singers to join for their next term. Contact 01200 421599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information .
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