WITH the school term having just come to an end, local youth music charity B Sharp is already celebrating a fantastic start to summer.
The Lyme Regis-based charity’s work over recent weeks culminated in two inspiring live music events – a Summer Cabaret in Lyme and Bridport Sounds – where hundreds of young musicians, showcased their talent.
Both events saw local musicians of all ages from B Sharp’s regular projects Boombox, Hub Jams and Bridport Jams coming together for two nights of outstanding music, with B Sharp alumni Ellie Kirtley, Phoebe Townsend, Harvey Causley at the Summer Cabaret, and local bands Pizza For Dogs, The Collaborators plus LaunchPad, B Sharp’s house band, at Bridport Sounds.
Jacques Verhaeren, event organiser in Lyme Regis, commented: “It was amazing to see just how much our alumni, who came back to perform their own music for us or help run the event, have developed in their own right as talented and passionate young singer songwriters, technicians and producers.”
The Bridport Sounds live gig was also an outstanding success.
Music leader and organiser Ellie Walker said: “The bands were outstanding and the Arts Centre was a great venue to platform local musical talent. Each band was totally different but, they complimented each other really well and we had great feedback from the audience.
“These live gigs are such a great opportunity for young people to gain first hand experience either as performers, producers or volunteers – all helping feed into the local music scene and beyond”.
B Sharp works hard in the local area and region to ensure that these live music opportunities are available for young people, as well as a range of professional training and support such as Sasha Mitchell’s vocal training and performance confidence workshops and music tech workshops with Jack Kinslake ahead of the Summer Cabaret.
More information and images from the performances can be found at www.bsharp.org.uk