SoundsCreative Ensemble - Summer Half term creative band project

May 29 2018 10:00 - May 30 2018 16:00

Vortex Jazz Club, Gillett Square, N16 8AZ London

SoundsCreative Ensemble

A band like no other, we don't just play we create!

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May 2018 10am - 4pm

SoundsCreative Ensemble is a half-term music project for young musicians (age 8 -14) who play a musical instrument and want to be in a band, get creative and compose some new music as a group.

This two-day workshop is creative and social, mixing band and classical instruments into one exciting musical pot with an informal end of project performance.

More about the creative process:

A team of the SoundsCreative connected artists support the children in developing new skills in improvising, creating, and composing music as a band. The participants not only use their own instruments throughout the workshop but also take part in a variety of vocal and percussion activities to help create ideas for their new composition. (Notation reading not required, just bring your ideas, enthusiasm and your instrument!).

The experience of being in this creative band is like no other your young players will have experienced. For those learning classical instruments we take the notes away and play by ear, for those used to a band experience we play around with riffs and rhythms and work together to compose new innovative music, for those used to a folk playing experience the new melodies created will be entirely our own!

Leaders this project:

Tara Franks (cellist, composer and SoundsCreative Projects director), Preetha Narayanan (Virtuoso Violinist and composer) and Fernando Machado (Brazilian guitarist and leader of Brighton based band Lambrego)

What have players and parents said about the project?...

"Absolutely awesome experience yeah!" (Dora, 10 yrs old)

" makes you feel like you've accomplished something" (Annalisa -13 yrs old)

"I loved the performance and couldn't believe what a cohesive and lengthy piece of work they had composed...thank you for a wonderful experience" Mum of participating drummer

Who can join the band?

Partcipants need to be:

  • between 8 - 14yrs old,
  • able to play any musical instrument to a standard of grade 1/equivalent or above.
  • have their own musical instrument to bring along to the projects (apart from pianists!)

There is no need to be able to read music and the great thing is, every project the band is slightly different depending on who has signed up.

Where and when?

Tuesday 29th May and Wednesday 30th May 10am - 4pm at Vortex Jazz Club N16 8AZ

(2 mins from Dalston Kingsland overland, 236 bus route, a short walk from Newington Green)

To Book a place below

See discount options including limited early bird tickets and sign up as a pair for a discount price

Please email with any questions and if you want more info before you book

Contact Tara at...


More info:

Watch: Video about the SC Ensemble

This project is supported by Vortex Foundation 'In the Changes' project (Thanks to Paul Hamlyn Foundation)

Early bird discount ticket

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1 young player

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Pair discount place - 2 young players

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