What an Incredible Night! Young Producers Present: ‘Summer Awakening’

Last night’s gig was fantastic! The Super-band made up of Lou-marie, Muqzz, Ola, RT, Emma, Tru-Star, Gary, Ian and Chris performed 4 super new tracks, ‘Silent but Deadly‘, ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear It‘, ‘Mental Machine Gunner‘, and ‘Stars‘. We were also treated to amazing spoken word pieces by RT & King Ahmed, as well as an explosive solo set by Pedro. Congratulations to everyone who performed!

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 projects@irenetaylortrust.com

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VISITING INFORMATION

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

Young Producers Blog: Young Producers and ITT present “Artistry Breakthrough”

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Our first 2 Young Producers Helen and Johnny are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

Johnny’s Blog #4:

On the day of the event spirits were high. The performers met with Jake from The Irene Taylor Trust and Alex (owner of the venue ‘Haunt London’ on Stoke Newington road and sound technician for the night) for a sound check and run through of the songs. It’s always good to get a rehearsal on the same day as the event and make sure the mics and instruments are at the right levels. Hearing all the tracks from the superband at the final venue was great. It was nice to hear all the solo artists that we called in from previous projects (Paradox, Nirobi and Pedro) that I had seen perform before. I was looking forward to seeing them share their new material.

We went through the hosting speeches to be prepared for what we were going to say to introduce the event. After a break, we came back to the room transformed into the final ‘Artistry Breakthrough’ look, which was amazing. There was a banner to represent the Irene Taylor Trust and a projection of the the front cover of the event’s flyer. This made a great background for pictures of the performers, to show what event they were performing at.

Once all the guests had arrived, it was noticeable that we had accomplished a full house, so we were off to a flying start. Helen and I delivered an introduction to the night with some background information of the Young Producers project, the event’s name and our experience with The Irene Taylor Trust. We gave a special thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.

We then jumped straight into performances with 3 tracks from the superband followed by 3 solo artists. We decided to split the running order to 1 superband song followed by a solo artist. This felt like the best option to space out the entertainment and keep things interesting. The music was so inspiring, to see everyone expressing themselves like true professional artists, it was a real encouragement and the atmosphere was electric. The audience was really supportive and evidently loved the show as they cheered on all the artists and contributed with crowd participation.

We had a surprise speech from Lauren to congratulate us as Young Producers with a card on stage, it was a really thoughtful gesture and pleasant surprise. After the event, the ITT team packed the equipment away in the van and we had some of the audience give their opinions of the night, as part of our “voice of the people” vox pops. We had some insightful feedback from guests of the evening, that meant us to hear what people thought of the event.

Overall the night was a huge success and I would do it all again if I had the chance to. I’m looking forward to supporting and being involved in future projects with the Irene Taylor Trust. Sending all the love, respect and appreciation to the charity, Arts Patrons, Alex, musicians and audience for a life changing experience. It has helped me grow as an individual artist and professional person. I really feel as though anything is possible and I have a real positive outlook on life and future prospects, both musically and career wise.

Young Producers Blog: “We all Experience ‘Breakthrough’ Moments”

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Our first 2 Young Producers Helen and Johnny are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

Helen’s Blog #5:

The day of the gig has arrived!

It was a later start than the previous two days, but everyone still came with the same mindset to put their all in to everything they did.

We got cracking with ‘Everybody Needs Music’, because I expressed my concerns about harmonising.

After some more thought on it, I decided to go on to the keyboard instead. The part was trickier than I had expected, and the tempo to which I was playing changed during the song. I felt like between harmonising and playing the keyboard, I didn’t give my best performance to the song; which was a real pity, as it was my favourite one.

It was really frustrating that I was unable to play the keyboard part perfectly on the night, but I had to remind myself that I am human, and humans make mistakes; and I’d only played my part twice before the live performance.

We then rehearsed ‘Phoenix’, and ‘Strive’; which both went well, before the soloists rehearsed their tracks.

By this point, I was feeling really stressed out, and wish I had been able to enjoy the rehearsals more.

It was time for the performance, and I felt a little calmer. Johnny and I went up to introduce the event, and it went well, even though we had never rehearsed what we were going to say. We then started the gig with ‘Phoenix’.

In the rehearsals, this hadn’t gone very well, but the performance sounded fine.

Paradox then went on to perform his two tracks, which were brilliant. His second track; ‘work like that’ was especially good, as he got the audience involved by getting them to join in on parts of the chorus.

We then moved on to ‘Strive’; which again, went really well. I hope Louisa was pleased with it, because she did amazingly.

Next, it was Nirobi, who performed 3 tracks. As always, she was wonderful. My favourite track of hers was ‘Parallel Universe’; it’s still stuck in my head!

Then, we performed ‘Everybody Needs Music’ which went really well; even though I felt like I’d messed up on the keyboard.

I was feeling flustered again after messing up, and then said the ‘thank you’s to everyone, totally having missed out Pedro’s solo tracks.

Despite my mess up, Pedro went on stage and performed three amazing tracks, as if nothing had happened. I found I really related to some of his lyrics, and really enjoyed hearing his tracks. I guess that’s just part of performing; but it was so nice to see how everyone had grown and progressed during their time with the Irene Taylor Trust, and how, ironically, I was one of the first making tracks participants performing that night, but people who’d started their journey later than me seemed less nervous and more professional.

However, I wasn’t ashamed, or embarrassed, I was just really happy for everyone else, and felt so privileged to have seen parts of their journeys.

This is what the Irene Taylor Trust is all about; not numbers and statistics, but being a platform for music lovers to develop both their musical ability, and their ability to make themselves a better future.

We all experience ‘Breakthrough’ moments, but the Irene Taylor Trust have provided me with some of my favourite ones. I couldn’t be more proud, and happy for all the performers, for breaking through all the obstacles.

I’d just like to say a few ‘thank you’s

Firstly, to the Arts Patron’s Trust, for funding and supporting the Young Producers project, and to all the performers and project team. But also, to the people working really hard behind the scenes, like everyone at the Irene Taylor Trust, in particular; Jake, Lauren and Luke. Also, thank you to everyone who came, and does/ has supported the Irene Taylor Trust; you have helped change, in my case even save, lives.

Making Tracks at the Marcus Lipton Youth Centre

Next month we’re excited to be taking our Making Tracks programme back to South London, working in partnership with the Marcus Lipton Youth Centre. This project is possible thanks to support from the National Foundation for Youth Music, the Mercers’ Company Charity, Peter Minet Trust, 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 23 March at 7.30pm.

This is a FREE event, but if you would like to attend, please RSVP to projects@irenetaylortrust.com

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VISITING INFORMATION

Venue: Marcus Lipton Youth Centre, Minet Road, London, London, SW9 7UH

Nearest stations are;

Loughborough Junction (rail) – 6 minute walk

Brixton (rail) – 14 minute walk

Brixton (underground, Victoria Line) – 16 minute walk

A Night To Remember; Making Tracks Super-group Perform at 21st Anniversary Gig

We’ve already shared some of the twitter reactions to our 21st Year Gig at Union Chapel on 22/11/16 – now we have some beautiful photos taken by our friend Rob McElroy for you to enjoy!

Thanks again to all the guests & performers who made the evening so special; our Making Tracks super-group, special guest Speech Debelle backed by our fabulous house band,  Mark-Anthony Turnage & Lizzie Coombes (talking about the Bridges collaboration), the Royal Academy of Music Open Academy ensemble, Sounding Out band Platform 7, the wonderful Chaps Choir, and our glorious compere for the evening, Tim Dowling.

Making Tracks take part in Bridges collaboration with Mark-Anthony Turnage for #ITTturns21

Bridges is a special collaboration with composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, photographer Lizzie Coombes, and groups of musicians from our three programmes Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks, to celebrate 21 years of the Irene Taylor Trust with a new piece of music. Watch the accompanying film by Lizzie Coombes and Andy Wood below:


As part of our 21st Year Celebrations we wanted to create a lasting memorial to our work to date, which would draw together the three strands of our work, Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks. Following a very successful collaboration with Turnage, Coombes and Wood in 2012 on the piece Beyond This, it seemed the obvious solution was to get the band back together for an even more ambitious project!

An exhibition of photographs by Lizzie Coombes taken during the creation of Bridges is showing at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon, until 30th January 2017. Visiting info here.

What a Night! Celebrating 21 Years at the Union Chapel

show-1-1Wow! Tuesday 22 November 2016 now has a special place in the hearts of everyone involved in the Irene Taylor Trust! The culmination of our 21st year celebrations (yes, a whole year! Yes, we’re bonkers!) – which has involved collaborative projects with Clean Break, Synergy Theatre Company, the Human Revolution Orchestra, fundraising concerts by violinist Maxim Vengerov at Temple Church and Stephen Hough at the Hampstead Arts Festival, and of course our special ‘Bridges’ project with composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, photographer Lizzie Coombes and groups from our three programmes Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks – our ‘big gig’ at Union Chapel was a full-on celebration of our work, with musicians from our programmes centre-stage!

It seems that the audience agreed with us about how fantastic and fitting a celebration it was!:

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Making Tracks gig in March

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Exciting news! The date of the next Making Tracks live performance has been confirmed as Thursday 5th March  7pm. The project venue has been kindly provided by St Mark’s, Kennington – details of how to get there are below.

We’d love you to join us to enjoy the brilliant original music written during the project week. You can hear examples of the high quality of original music created by the young people involved in Making Tracks here and see three short films made during a project here.

If you would like to attend, please email: hermione@irenetaylortrust.com

Making Tracks is kindly supported by:

National Foundation for Youth Music

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Wates Foundation

VISITING INFORMATION FOR ST MARK’S

Bus

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

Train

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!