Freedom Road Positive Connections Music Event
Friday 4 September 2009
Voltage Volunteers Organise Music Event at the Albemarle Centre
Young people in Hull have made music in style in a week-long workshop run by Freedom Road Creative Arts and Hull's Youth Music Voltage volunteers.
The Voltage volunteers worked alongside the arts team to organise a series of workshops and a showcase performance which took place at the end of the week at the Albemarle Centre in Hull. They were involved in all aspects of the organisation from publicizing the event, finding the workshop leaders to run activities and facilitate some of the sessions.
More than 40 young people turned up for the final day celebrations - some of these young people were 'at risk' or in care. Throughout the day they had the chance to take part in a series of workshops which included: beat box led by MC Zany, percussion from around the world led by Gary Hammond, songwriting lead by - Matt Hogg and Alan Jones and rap lead by a group of local rap artists.
At the end of the day the young people performed what they had learnt to an audience of over 50 people which included family, carers and friends
The event was an overwhelming success said Freedom Road organizer Ian Bolton. "This is the best thing we have ever done and having the Voltage volunteers working with us made all the difference.
"They took control of the event and they have become a lot more motivated and have driven the project forward. I have seen their skills develop and they are really progressing and becoming more confident in themselves.
"The whole activity boosted the young peoples' confidence, both volunteers and participants. Some of the parents who came along to the final concert were in disbelief that their children had achieved so much and gained the confidence to perform in public."
Freedom Road is a Hull-based organisation whose aim is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people and to empower, raise confidence and give a voice to them primarily through the creative and performing arts.