We received funding from the Big Lottery to run performance workshops for young people, both musicians and non-musicians. The workshops concentrated on voice coaching, confidence and performance skills. The workshops were organised by the Newcastle Rock Project and were attended by 10 young people.
Another fairly small session, we only had 4 people attending, we worked on improvisation skills. Again there were approximately 10 visitors in the library, mainly from North Jesmond. Three of the 4 musicians were from North Jesmond.
Our longest performance at the food market yet, Zak and Ethan played some tunes with Zak singing songs by The Tallest Man on Earth, followed by The Distance with some more high energy songs. After a few false starts getting the portable amp worked out, the whole set lasted about an hour and a half. Audience numbers were hard to judge since people generally just listened while at other stalls or while walking past, but about 15 stopped to put money in the collection bucket and many more looked on and seemed to enjoy it.
Our first session in the library didn't have a great turnout, with only 6 people turning up, but we decided to write a song together and it went really well! The aims of the library sessions are to give young people opportunities to jam together, while at the same time, keeping the door to the practise room open, so that library visitors can also enjoy the music. Approximately 10 visitors were in the library, mainly from North Jesmond ward. One of the 6 musicians was from North Jesmond.
Ethan and Zak played at Oxfam again this month, there weren't many people there - only around 5 people stopped to listen throughout the 45 minute set - but all of them had very positive things to say about the music and the organisation.
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