Huge congratulations to all the young people who took part in the Making Tracks cohort 7 intensive week. 13 made it through to the project performance at St Mark’s, Kennington: Bradley, Che, Daniel, Emmanuel, Kevin, Jody-Ann, Maya, Nathan, Pedro, Perry, Safa, Samuel and Tolani.
The new band wrote four original songs over just four days. The gig also included two tracks by returning Making Tracks alumni Helen and A-Lanskey, who both took part in cohort 6. A-Lanskey performed a moving live lyric over a recorded backing-track, while Helen performed a beautiful song she had written during the week as part of her Arts Award Silver (having achieved an Arts Award Bronze when taking part in cohort 6), accompanied on the piano by Kat. The performance went down a storm at St Mark’s. Here’s a taste of the feedback received from the audience:
“Very powerful and moving lyrics and a great band. Hope to hear you again. Keep up the good work.”
“Loved it! You (participants) showed a lot of courage, I admire that. Amazing how you got the songs together, and right from the heart. It was an uplifting evening.”
“Amazing. Congrats. Keep making music!”
“Fantastic! Professional, exciting, committed and lots of other words too.”
“You were all, every single one of you, captivating and brilliant to watch.”
Special thanks to Helen for returning as a mentor for the intensive week – the project team were greatly impressed by her professionalism and she did a fantastic job supporting the new cohort – and also to St Mark’s for kindly providing the venue for the intensive project and performance.
Following the intensive project, the young people will now have the opportunity to engage in a series of special sessions to further explore music-making and hone their new skills, including an introduction to studio recording, vocal and lyric-writing sessions, and individual instrument lessons. Our project partner is the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme, which provides a range of development opportunities to young people to complement Making Tracks.
You can hear some of the wonderful original music created on previous Making Tracks projects below by clicking on the Soundcloud icon.