Making Tracks gigs 10th August & 1st September

Like the proverbial London bus, we have not one but two Making Tracks projects coming up this summer. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of the young people at these free live music events.

We’re excited to be taking our Making Tracks programme back to East London for our 2nd project with Newham YOT, and for the first time to West London for a project with Cobbs Hall, Hammersmith & Fulham YOS.

The projects will include live performances and we’d love for you to join us to enjoy the original music written and played by the young people.

If you would like to attend either of these gigs, please 


Venue: E13 Mix, 1a Cumberland Road, London, E13 8LH

Nearest station: Canning Town (Jubilee Line/ DLR) – 20 mins walk from venue, or complete journey by buses 5, 115, 300, 330


Venue: Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, London, W6 0QL

Nearest station: Hammersmith (District/ Piccadilly Lines)  – 5 min walk

Time Change for Making Tracks at the Community Trust

Join us next month as we take our Making Tracks programme back to South London, working in partnership with the Community Trust for the first time.

This project is possible thanks to support from the National Foundation for Youth Music, the Walcot Foundation, the Mercers’ Company Charity, St James’s Place Foundation and the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.

We’d love for you to join us to enjoy a performance of original music, written and played by the young people, on Thursday 6th April at 5.30pm.

This is a FREE event, but if you would like to attend, please RSVP to

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Venue: The Community Trust, 21 Aytoun Place, London, SW9 0TE
Nearest stations are;
Stockwell (underground, Victoria Line, Northern Line) – 10 minute walk
Brixton (rail) – 12 minute walk
Brixton (underground, Victoria Line) – 13 minute walk
Loughborough Junction (rail) – 15 minute walk

Making Tracks makes a noise in East London

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This May we’re excited to be taking our Making Tracks programme to East London for the first time, working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust Get Started Programme, Morgan Stanley Centre in Poplar. We’re able to extend the programme to East London thanks to support from Arts Council England, the London Community Foundation, Comic Relief Dispossessed Fund, and The Mercers’ Company.

We’d love for you to join us to enjoy a performance of original music, written and played by young people from East London on Friday 13th May at 6pm.

Over just 5 days, led by The Irene Taylor Trust’s project team, the young people taking part will learn how to play instruments, form a band and write their own original songs. After taking part in the intensive project, the young people will be given the opportunity to hone their new-found skills in series of special follow-on sessions. Suitable progression routes and further development opportunities for the individual young people will be identified by our Personal Development Manager.

If you would like to attend, please email: 

Venue: The Prince’s Trust, Morgan Stanley Centre, 124 St Paul’s Way, London E3 4QA

Nearest stations are;

Devons Road, DLR (9 minute walk)

Mile End, Central/ District/ Hammersmith & City lines (15 minute walk)

Bus routes 309 and 323 stop near the centre.

Making Tracks at Pop Brixton

We’ve said it before, but once again we’re extremely proud of the young people who have taken part on the Making Tracks programme. They made last Thursday’s event at Pop Brixton really special, both with their superb musical performances and their open and heartfelt speeches about how the programme had affected them.

Making Tracks invitePrimarily the event was a showcase opportunity for three Making Tracks alumni, Helen, Nirobi and Terell (aka Paradox) who have all completed the programme and then returned to assist further groups of young people as a Making Tracks mentor. As well as being very musically talented, the commitment they have each shown to helping others has been admirable. It was lovely to have such a big and appreciative audience filling the Pop Box ready to enjoy the show.

The MC for the whole evening was the brilliant Terell (aka Paradox). He did a fantastic job of keeping everything running smoothly. The Making Tracks alumni performed six original songs, including a new whole-group track, Ghost, which brought the evening to a rapturous close. The audience were clearly very impressed by all the music and made it known with their applause and post-show tweets!

Assisting musically were two of our Sounding Out alumni, Gary and Adrian (aka Tru Star), Royal Academy of Music Open Academy student Sunshine, who provided some beautiful and inventive accompaniment on the harp, and Project Leader extraordinaire Emma. Our Personal Development Manager Hermione co-ordinated everything on the day and during rehearsals and Creative Programmes Manager Jake was responsible for all the planning.

Proms cheque_Making Tracks at Pop BrixtonAnother highlight of the evening was the presentation of a ceremonial cheque by Andrew on behalf of the Promenader’s Musicial Charities, for their allocation of donations given by this year’s generous Proms goers, to support upcoming Music in Prisons projects. Our thanks to Andrew for coming along – the audience loved seeing the big cheque.

Thanks also to St Mark’s Church for providing rehearsal space and Pop Box Brixton the performance venue. The staff at Pop Brixton were very helpful and friendly and the Pop Box proved a marvellous platform for the young people to display their talent.

Last but not least, thanks to everyone who came along to cheer on our Making Tracks stars!

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Making Tracks gig June 2015

Next Making Tracks gig is Thursday June 18th – join us!

Making Tracks gig June 2015

The next Making Tracks gig will be on Thursday 18th June, starting at 7pm, at St Marks, Kennington, SE11 4PW (opposite Oval station).

If you would like to attend, please email:



Take one of the following buses to the ‘Kennington Church’ stop:

Camberwell/Vauxhall/Victoria: 36, 185, 436
Clapham: 155
Brixton: 3, 59, 133, 159, 333
Elephant: 155, 133, 333
Waterloo: 59, 159


Take the Northern Line to Oval. St Mark’s is directly opposite when you come out of the tube station.

You can also go to Vauxhall (Waterloo mainline and Victoria line) if you don’t mind a 10 minute walk!

Adrian aka Tru Star in performance

A night to remember

Last night was very special. Not only did our current cohort of Making Tracks participants put on a brilliant show with five original songs written since Monday morning, but their tracks sandwiched a special set from Sounding Out graduate Adrian Harrison, aka Tru Star (aka Fudge) celebrating his BBC Performing Arts Fund fellowship.

And what a celebration it was! As well as Adrian’s own fantastic material, on three songs he was joined by previous Making Tracks participants to perform songs he’s helped them to write/perform during his fellowship. Heritier, Chains (aka Shallise), Nirobi and Paradox (aka Terell) all truly shone. It was delight to see them again.

We’re feeling very proud of our very talented and fearless participants. They always go for it on ‘gig night’ and the results were just beautiful.