Young voices in Banbury are singing with confidence thanks to an exciting project featuring a professional vocal coach from the BBC1 programme The Voice.
Juliet Russell is also a singer and composer and was part of The Earth Meets Sky project to produce a creative performance with members of the OYAP Trust’s Youth Action teams in Grimsbury and Bretch Hill.
During the song writing and performance workshops held at the Mill Arts Centre, the young people worked with industry professionals and received three days of expert coaching in singing and composing, as well as producing a film of their performances.
Graham Nolan, Sanctuary Housing’s head of partnerships, said: “It’s great to see young people developing their skills in such a dramatic way and then being able to share them on a national stage. We hope inspirational opportunities like this contribute to people’s futures.”
The film, featuring the Banbury young people, will be played at Juliet’s UK tour of her new album Earth Meets Sky, a fantastic opportunity to bring the creativity that went into the project to a wider national audience.
As part of the Earth Meets Sky projects, Juliet and the OYAP Trust are giving emerging professional musicians the opportunity to train to become youth arts practitioners, able to run inspiring creative projects for other young people.
The emerging artists will receive mentoring from Juliet and a place on OYAP’s Young Leaders Stepping Up programme.
Richard Howson, 16, attended the event, and said: “A real bright, friendly atmosphere which has been relaxed and made this project really enjoyable.
“I’ve learnt a lot from being here, it’s helped me widen my musical skills such as body percussion, harmonising and composition. I’d really enjoy doing something like this again.”
The project was part-funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefits residents and communities.