Teen Jazz Project success

Image of young people on music course outside cultural arts centre CultureMix

Music loving teens from in and around Reading took part in a free four day Jazz, Reggae and Afrobeat course.

The successful collaboration between Youthsayers – a South London music collective for young people, and Reading based music organisation CultureMix Arts welcomed aspiring young musicians aged 12-16 to develop their live playing experience supported by professional musicians.

Course leaders trumpet player Robin Hopcraft and saxophonist Idris Rahman co founded the Youthsayers project in 2016 to develop young people to perform alongside Soothsayers which was established in the late nineties. Grammy award winning producer and bass guitarist Don Chandler completed the stellar line up.

Young members of London based Youthsayers supported the group to rehearse jazz, reggae and afrobeat songs for a performance to family and friends on the final day.

The project continues with a 10 week course starting in mid September on Mondays 5.15-7pm at the CultureMix Arts & Music Centre. All young musicians are welcome to sign up particularly horns, brass, woodwind, vocalists, guitar and bass guitar players. Places are limited and tickets will be available on Eventbrite by mid August.

“A big thank you for the fabulous new experience” Participant (13)

“It’s great to meet young people in my age group who enjoy the same music as I do. I’ve definitely made new friends.” Participant (15)

“I am much more confident now and can’t wait to join the weekly course in September.” Participant (16)

“Bless all of you for this important mission you have undertaken, to inspire the young generation to play and enjoy music 🎶” Parent

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