InfoZone Youth Project - Autumn 2017

For 8 weeks, tutors Paul Richards, Ellen Reynolds and producer Drifta worked with the young people at infozone to write songs around the theme ‘growing up’. With many keen lyricists in the group, the first couple of weeks was mainly focused on writing lyrics and forming them into verses.

Paul then worked with the group on structuring chords and what kind of mood (minor/major), tempo and feel they wanted for their songs. Over the remaining weeks the young people learned about adding instrumentals, middle 8 sections and ‘break down’ sections to songs. All of the participants had a chance to help Drifta with the recording of parts using the Logic software. They worked with Drifta  and experimented with all kinds of sounds, beats and effects to use to get the sound that they wanted. The feedback from the young people and tutors was 100% positive;  'Doing this has helped with my anxiety and my confidence. I am so proud', ‘The young people have gained more than only music. Group work and working with peers that they wouldn’t normally choose to work with’.

The result (below) is two excellent songs (and EP covers!) that the young people, their youth workers and tutors are all very proud of.

This project was funded by Safer Kent. Safer Kent work to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour across Kent.

Listen to 'Everybody Needs Love'

Listen to 'Where We Stand'


Sheppey Matters Friday Night Youth Club - October to November 2017

Over seven weekly sessions from October to November 2017, Kent Music workshop leaders Darren Edney and Nick Powling have worked with the Sheppey Matters Friday Night Youth Club for young people with additional needs, enabling the participants to try out a selection of instruments, play a chord sequence in a band and write and record their own song.

Some of the young people had previous musical experience and already played an instrument, but the majority of the group had never played the instruments on offer before.

For the first four weeks, the room at Sheppey Matters was set out with an electric drum kit, keyboards, acoustic guitars, electric guitar, electric bass, vocal mics, cajon and hand percussion. Each week, after some warm-up games using hand percussion, the young people were invited to try out simple chords and drum beats on instruments of their choice before playing and arranging a chord sequence as a band.  As the weeks progressed, the young people started to put some song lyric ideas together which the tutors combined to make a complete song for recording.

During weeks 5 and 6, the young people were invited to record their parts individually for the track. This was a success and all the sounds and instruments you hear on the track are played by the participants. In week 7, the group got together again for one last jam before playing the track to parents and staff and taking home a CD.

The project received 100% positive feedback from the participants, so we are now looking into developing a similar, regular group on Sheppey.

One participant said: ‘My favourite part was new musical instruments and jamming with friends.’ This was wonderful to hear because ‘jamming with friends’ is certainly one of the most fun things to do as a musician and we were delighted that the group were able to have that authentic experience in such a short space of time.

We are very grateful to Elaine Christopher and the Sheppey Matters Youth Club staff for all their helpful advice and support for the project.

We would also like to thank Skillnet Group for their help and advice in the run-up to this project and for allowing us to shadow their inspiring ‘Composed’ project at West Track Studios.

Have a listen to 'Life That's Free'


We’ll show you where we’ve been
Me and the Sheppey team
Living on the road
Far from our abode
Filming all the cars
Going very fast
And all that we have seen
Is now on DVD

We’re living life that’s free
Free for you and me
It all feels so exciting
Faster than grease lightning

We set off in the morning
While everyone’s still yawning
Stop once in a while
Places that make us smile
No cares as we go
Beach or a car show
And when we’ve finished our tour
We’ll go back once more

We’re living life that’s free
Free for you and me
It all feels so exciting
Faster than grease lightning

Music@Malling Red Riding Hood

Music@Malling - September 2017

In September 2017 Kent Music is partnering with Music@Malling through providing tutor and CPD support for the school’s project. The project will consist of creative workshops in schools across the Malling area where KS2 classes will compose music based on Little Red Riding Hood, taken from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

Following the workshops the schools will perform their compositions alongside professional musicians as part of the Music@Malling festival. These concerts will also include a performance by international chamber orchestra Chamber Domaine of Paul Patterson’s musical adaption of Roald Dahl’s fascinating take on the classic tale.

Thameside Schools Music Association Choral Festival

Thameside Schools Music Association - Summer 2017

The Thameside Schools Music Association, chaired by Rosemary Dymond, has been running a Recorder Festival and a Choral Festival every year since around the 1940s. The organisation exists to promote music making in the area as part of and outside of the curriculum. The TSMA festivals bring children together from many different backgrounds to make music together, thus providing community cohesion.

This year, TSMA have begun to work with Kent Music to help ensure that the festivals can continue.

This year’s TSMA Recorder Festival, conducted by Karen Barton, took place on the 25th and 26th April and the Choral Festival, conducted by Rose Martin, took place on the 27th June and 4th July 2017. The events were held in St George’s Church, Gravesend, for the first time which proved to be a cosy venue with wonderful acoustics.

Around 140 pupils took part in the Recorder Festival and 280 pupils in the Choral Festival, representing 12 schools across the Gravesham and Dartford area. Each school took part in one day of rehearsals followed by an evening performance to families and invited guests.

We are now looking forward to next year’s TSMA events and are continuing to collaborate with local music teachers to gather new ideas and suggestions to refine future festivals. If you teach the recorder or singing in a school in the Gravesham/Dartford area and would like to get involved, please contact lduff@kent-music.com.

Sevenoaks Orchestra Day

Orchestra Play Days in Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells - Summer 2017

Kent Music worked across the Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells districts to bring Primary schools together with music tutors for rehearsals and concerts in Summer 2017.

Maidstone Infozone

InfoZone Youth Project - Spring 2017

Kent Music worked with KCC Education and Young People services to create a 7 week music program for members of the Infozone youth project in central Maidstone. Tutors Drifta and Vee ran 7 workshops with the young people focusing on production, song/lyric writing and rapping. The result was a fantastic track called ‘Music is my Saviour’.

Kent Music are currently planning more work with Infozone in partnership with Safer Kent.


Kent Refugee Action Network in Folkestone and Canterbury - 2017

Kent Music tutors worked with Kent Refugee Action Network to deliver a workshop series called 'Musical Routes'.

Bold As Logo

Bold As - Annual

Bold As is a Deal Festival project, supported by Kent Music, that took place in various primary schools in Deal throughout.

It is an exciting opportunity for young people in East Kent to learn a brass instrument and play creatively in a brass ensemble alongside professional musicians. The project was also co-ordinated with the MusicPlus sessions which are run in participating schools so that the children receive a planned holistic musical experience over the academic year. Schools taking part included Sandown Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School and Aylesham Primary School.

Breaking the Bubble SEN/D Conference - 2015 and 2016

The music education hubs for Brighton & Hove (Sound City), Surrey (Surrey Music Hub) and Kent (Kent Music – formerly Soundhub) worked in partnership to deliver ‘Breaking the Bubble’, a coordinated strategy for music in special schools across the three hub areas.

Devolved from a Drake Music report commissioned by the tri-hub partnership, the project aimed to deliver a strategic programme of workforce and continuing professional development opportunities in order to raise the quality, breadth and sustainability of musical opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The project concentrated on provision in special school settings and offered music workshops, training and support to create existing and new networks. http://www.surreymusichub.com/breaking-the-bubble/