Free music workshops offered to children

Free music workshops are being offered for children aged between six and 11 at venues across Richmondshire.

BlueBoxt Creative and Performing Arts Charity has teamed up with local artists Bee Darceey and Jennifer Saggers to offer the sessions.

Organisers say they will explore music in a fun and friendly environment and are suitable for complete beginners and children who are learning musical instruments.

Activities will include bucket beats, create-a-song and centre stage which encourage everyone to play music together and provide opportunities for children to share their knowledge and skills with others.

“Music is a great way for children to be creative and express their feelings and emotions,” said coordinator Jennifer Saggers.

“We provide instruments to try and encourage anyone who already plays an instrument to bring it along with them – making music with others is great fun.’

Taster sessions will take place between 4.30pm and 6pm at Catterick Library on Tuesday, February 20, on Tuesday, February 27 at Askrigg Village Hall and on Friday, March 1 at Leyburn Methodist Church Hall.

The workshops will be followed by a series of junior jam band sessions taking place on Fridays in Leyburn.

All sessions are free to attend.

“The music groups I attended growing up in rural North Yorkshire inspired me to study Music at university,” said performer and music leader Bee Darceey.

“Working with BlueBoxt is a great opportunity for me to develop my teaching career and inspire future generations”.

The Get Musical project is part of a North Yorkshire wide initiative to promote increased opportunities for Female participants and leaders in the creative sector.

Since 2009, BlueBoxt has been a delivery partner for AMP (formerly NYMAZ) a North Yorkshire charity connecting young people with sound opportunities.

The workshops and jam bands sessions are supported by funding from Youth Music and Arts Council England.

BlueBoxt also offers regular sessions and mentoring for young people aged between 11 and 19 years old through their Play, Record, Perform and Emerging Artist projects.

For more information and to register your place, visit www.blueboxt.org or contact Colin Bailey by email at admin@blueboxt.org or call or message 07711 211169.