Music project hits right note

All five secondary schools in Dewsbury have teamed up for a Youth Music Power Play project. The project will bring together pupils from the different schools for singing and beatboxing workshops. It is being led by project co-ordinator Matt Evens. The aim is to help students share cultural music, build confidence and get the chance to perform. (d11011140)
All five secondary schools in Dewsbury have teamed up for a Youth Music Power Play project. The project will bring together pupils from the different schools for singing and beatboxing workshops. It is being led by project co-ordinator Matt Evens. The aim is to help students share cultural music, build confidence and get the chance to perform. (d11011140)
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A MUSIC project is using singing and beatboxing to bring together pupils from the town’s secondary schools.

The Youth Music Power Play project hopes to get pupils from different backgrounds mixing together while building their confidence and performance skills.

It is open to all 13 to 18-year-olds from Earlsheaton Technology College, Westborough High, Thornhill Community Science College, St John Fisher Catholic High and Birkdale High.

Matt Ryder, assistant head at Earlsheaton, said: “This project is a wonderful way of getting the young people of this area to see themselves as performers regardless of where they live and which school they go to.

“It’s a challenging process but one which is vital to Dewsbury’s children.”

Planning for the two-year project began before Christmas when pupils from each of the schools met with Kirklees Young People’s Service to give their ideas on how the scheme should work.

Project manager Matthew Evens said: “So far the project has been launched in all five high schools and has received a brilliant reception.

“The next phase is to bring the young people together at central locations to hone their vocal skills and rehearse performances.”

Over the next five terms, ten week music programmes will be offered to the town’s teenagers for free. The first workshops with professional artists start next week and will be based around music with the theme of love, peace and harmony.

The workshops are vocal harmony at the D Shop in Longcauseway on Tuesday, 4.30pm-6pm, and beatboxing at Birkdale High School in Wheelwright Drive on Wednesday, 4.30pm-6pm.

It is hoped the project will culminate in a public performance.

Pupils interested in signing up to the workshops should speak to the head of music at their school.

The project is being funded by Kirklees Young People’s Services, the schools and Youth Music, a charity using music to help disadvantaged children in the UK.