B Sharp Busking Festival to go ahead online

YOUTH music charity B Sharp will be hosting an online version of its annual busking festival this weekend.

The festival was set to go ahead with buskers performing in various locations around the town, but the event has been moved online in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

A special programme of unique musical performances and workshops, featuring B Sharp students, music leaders and local bands will be screened on Saturday, July 4.

There will be interactive music workshops for all ages in the morning and then videos showcasing talented local musicians during the afternoon and early evening.

The videos will be streamed from the B Sharp Facebook event page and YouTube channel. Features to watch out for include:

  • Little Bs a group for the under 5s created to keep your little ones entertained. We are excited to share lots of new songs to sing and dance along too. Be ready to roar like a dinosaur from 10.30am.
  • Pop-up choirfor anyone who wants to have a go at learning a new song written and composed all about Lyme Regis. Suitable for all ages, no experience of singing in a choir necessary, all resources provided.
  • Here Comes The Sun – a cover of the beautiful Beatles song written by George Harrison on the Abbey Road album (1969) and performed by the B Sharp music leaders and session workers.
  • Theo – 17 years old and a B Sharp trainee music leader who plays guitar among several other instruments and sings.  He says: “music is what I love – jamming, writing, performing, all of it!” 
  • Ben – another B Sharp trainee music leader who performs versions of Muse’s ‘Exogenesis Symphony Part 3′, AJR’s ‘Turning Out’, and ‘I’m So Tired’ by Lauv and Troye Sivan on piano.
  • Frank – a B Sharper playing a medley of his own songs on piano.
  • Noah – a B Sharper playing his own songs on guitar.
  • Kieran – a local musician performing instrumental guitar versions of ‘Master of Puppets’ by Metallica, ‘Bonecrusher’, ‘Buzz Saw’ and ‘Panama’ by Van Halen.
  • Millie – a Bridport B Sharper singing ‘Our Ocean’ (her own original song), as well as ‘No Time To Die’ by Billie Eilish, and ‘Skinny Love’ by Birdy.
  • Leonie – a local musician performing two original songs called Route 74 and Freedom, plus Old Man by Neil Young.
  • Coopers – a local band from Sidmouth who will be playing their popular songs ‘Running’, ‘Tell Me’ and ‘San Pellegrino’.
  • Lyme Luggers – the well-known ukulele band performing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor and ‘Tickle My Heart’ by Joe Brown.
  • DJ set by producer Fraser Mitchell, founder of the Antix Music Network based in Weymouth.

Ruth Cohen, director of B Sharp said: “I’m excited to see what’s in store during our busking festival this year which is online for the first time.

“These have been challenging times for young people, and it is heart-warming to be able to continue our celebration of young musical talent and to showcase young people’s performance despite the lockdown.

“It’s amazing to see how much effort has gone into adapting and learning new skills to bring us all so much music“.

B Sharp is a small, Lyme Regis-based charity that supports young people to develop their musical and personal skills, including developing their confidence through performing and sharing their music with their community.

The charity relies on donations to continue its valuable work, so if you would like to donate visit https://localgiving.org/charity/bsharp/

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