Young carers in Wiltshire find their voice with the Bath Philharmonia (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Young carers in Wiltshire find their voice with the Bath Philharmonia
11:44am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
Young carers being supported by Youth Action Wiltshire are working on an exciting music project with professional musicians from Bath Philharmonia.
Twenty-four young carers between the ages of six and 18 have for the last month been working intensively with professional musicians from the Bath Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Jason Thornton.
Young carers, some of whom have never played an instrument, have spent five days working with the musicians to create a piece of original music based on their lives and experiences.
The project, which also involves community music undergraduates from Bath Spa University, will culminate in a live performance of a specially-devised piece of music by the young carers, students and musicians at a Bath Phil event at Calne Town Hall, on Saturday October 5 at 3pm.
The public are welcome to attend the performance, which is free.
The performance uses voices, violin, keyboards, drums, saxophone, guitars, triangles, bells, cymbals and other musical sounds to evoke the experiences of young carers and their feelings about their daily lives.
They are supported by the Youth Action Wiltshire’s young carers service, part of the Community First charity, which continues to provide programmes to help young carers stay resilient in their caring roles.
Young carers can be aged from five to 24 and have significant responsibilities for caring for a seriously ill or disabled family member. They may have difficulties at school because of their caring responsibilities and can also experience bullying.
The music project is being led by Bath Phil director of music Jason Thornton, who earlier in the year led a different group of young carers to perform as part of Salisbury Festival.
He said: “Our ethos is that the orchestra should serve the community. I aspire to the same quality standards in this project as I would do with the orchestra. Once we have created the music with the young carers I take them through the same rigorous rehearsal process as I would with professional musicians.
“We aim to give the young carers an aspirational element to their lives which will put them at centre stage and let them have a voice.
"Music is a fantastic medium for doing that. Everyone is musical in some way or another and can express themselves through music.”
Mr Thornton said the experience of making music can have a profound effect on young people and can increase their feelings of confidence and self esteem.
Youth Action Wiltshire is currently running a Friends campaign to encourage more people to support its valuable work with vulnerable young people.
To find out more about the campaign go to www.youthactionwiltshire.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring (01380) 729813.
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