Borough of Wigan Musical Arts Project helps young people explore different cultures

Some of the musicians who worked on the project with local councilors Sam Brown and Dane Anderton

The Rock Up programme, which is run by Manchester-based arts organization TiPP, visited Leigh to offer attendees the chance to try out a range of classic and lesser-known instruments.

As part of this, they are encouraged to work together to create short performances that allow them to show off their new skills to family and friends.

Councilor Jenny Bullen, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: ‘I hope this project has given this talented group a desire to continue to learn and take opportunities to build their confidence throughout the life.

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“I think it’s wonderful that they gave up their free time to learn new skills and support each other with performances.”

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Rock Up is funded by the Youth Music organization, in partnership with the Philip Barker Center for Creative Education, and supported by the council.

Twelve young people from Leigh, from different cultural backgrounds, took part in this week-long initiative.

Rachel Graham, Project Manager at TiPP, said: “It has been fantastic working with the youngsters in Leigh and seeing how they have developed throughout the week.

“We strongly believe that engaging in well-designed participatory arts can have truly positive outcomes for young people.

“Trying something different, like trying out a new instrument in a supportive environment, can help build confidence, as it gives young people the opportunity to reframe their view of themselves and truly believe that they can achieve something. positive thing.

“Music can be a great way to bring different people together.”

Each of the youngsters will receive a Level 1 Bronze Arts Award for their achievements, while their final performances took place at Leigh Town Hall.

Natalie, 13, said: “We did things like learn to sing more confidently which was good because I had never sung with a microphone before and tried to do beats.

“I think I gained confidence. It was good trying things as a group and working together.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old Ben tried playing a Peruvian percussion instrument, the cajon.

He said, “I’ve never done anything like this before and really enjoyed working on the music. The best part was being in the performance. I learned that I could actually do more than I thought I could.

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