Watch the video here taken in the rehearsals and performance at this year's Musicport
Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music - collaborated with the Musicport world music festival for the 4th year running to provide music-making opportunities for young people in the Humber Region.
Once again, music students from Headlands School and Community Science College took part in this project and got the fantastic opportunity to work with bands from the festival line-up, including Cuban musicians from the group Asere, known for their fresh sound, inventive songwriting and soulful groove, and members of Goldie's Band 12lve.
Below is a short slide show taking you through the process from rehearsals to performance
In preparation for Musicport, the Headlands students worked with Asere in an intensive three-day workshop in the lead up to Festival. During this time Afrika, Finn, Theone, Jasdeep, Will, Vahan and Natalie from 12lve also visited the school to talk to the students about their own musical journeys and how they had overcome their own personal obstacles. The Headlands students found the visit very inspiring. Head Teacher Scott Ratheram was again impressed by the performance of his students: "They were brilliant. All of them have worked so hard over the past few days and to pull such a professional performance together so quickly is quite an achievement. I was very proud to be watching them on the main stage."
Headlands student, Ryan James Hutson has been involved in the project for four years. He commented: "It's been a great experience over the past 4 years and especially this year with Asere. It has made me grow as a musician and given me the confidence to take part in other activities. It's amazing to learn about all the different cultures and how music is learnt in other parts of the world. I'm so happy that I have had the chance to participate and hope to be back next year to watch the new young talent do their thing!"
Emily Crossland, the Music4U project co-ordinator, was impressed by the confidence of the young people on the Musicport stage. She commented: "Everyone was beaming from ear to ear as they showed the fruits of a week's hard work. The audience response was so warm and enthusiastic, with many commenting that it was not like watching students on stage but it was a professional presentation and an amazing display of skill. We are so proud of the Headlands band and have had a wonderful week working with them and Asere. Long may their musical journeys continue!"