From Saturday 24 April, THSH is running the free online music sessions for young musicians from Birmingham through the Jazzlines Gospel Ensemble.
It doesn't matter if a child can sing, play an instrument or not do either as the sessions are aimed at being fun. They will allow young people to play great music in a safe space, make new friends, understand the history and the heritage of gospel music and also what it means to the wider community.
Due to COVID-19, sessions will take place online from Saturday 24 April to Saturday 10 July. There will be two-hour sessions fortnightly over Zoom on a Saturday afternoon from 3.30pm to 5.30pm that are open to all 11 to 19 year olds in Birmingham. You can sign up your child for free at the THSH website here.
The online music sessions include elements such as learning classic and contemporary gospel repertoire from ear and the chance to improve ensemble playing. The wide-ranging sessions also allow the participants to receive inspiring and professional tuition from world-class gospel musicians, as well as opportunities to socialise and create music with fellow young musicians.
This talent development initiative is led by drummer, bandleader and educator Ray Prince, who said: "I am thrilled to be part of Town Hall Symphony Hall's pioneering work with young people. The Jazzlines Gospel Ensemble aims to respond to young people's needs and fosters emotional wellbeing by creating meaningful exchanges that tap into and harness young people's interests in gospel music."
All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to attend, and no previous experience is required.
Town Hall Symphony Hall's Jazz Programme Manager, Mary Wakelam Sloan added: "While our iconic venues are closed, the music-making continues online at Town Hall Symphony Hall. We work with a team of experienced and respected music industry professionals who offer a fantastic mix of expertise and specialisms."
Mary added: "I am delighted that Ray Prince is once again working with us on the Jazzlines Gospel Ensemble. Ray is an experienced educator who offers an inspiring approach to the genre and a commitment to broadening the opportunity for young musicians to engage with gospel music in the city. "
The provision, designed as a response to COVID-19 restrictions, supports all abilities from beginners to more advanced. It will be delivered by a team of world-class gospel musicians and mentors.
Sessions will enable those involved to: Learn classic and contemporary gospel repertoire from ear and improving ensemble playing.
- Receive inspiring and professional tuition from world-class gospel musicians.
- Attend fortnightly workshop sessions and regular performances at Symphony Hall and other exciting venues.
- Socialise and create music with fellow young musicians.
Town Hall Symphony Hall's Jazzlines Gospel Ensemble programme is supported by PRS Foundation as Talent Development Partners, supporting and inspiring the next generation of the city's musical talent.