We are passionate about building a sound future for young people through music.
We offer a broad, inclusive programme of music, singing, participation, creation, performance and development from early years to adulthood, and to young people from a wide variety of backgrounds across West Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset.
We build personal, social, enterprise and leadership skills so participants and our young workforce of music leaders develop as people, musicians and citizens.
How we work
Young people are at the heart of what we do.
The opportunities that young people have with B Sharp to make music are unique, because of our ethos of inclusive, creative group composition. We encourage young people from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, and skill levels, to work in groups, to create their own original music, improvise and ‘jam’. B Sharp is unique nationally in providing regular weekly inclusive creative ensemble opportunities for young people.
B Sharp was founded in 2007 in Lyme Regis by Fran Williams, together with a group of young people and like-minded professionals. We are proud to have nurtured B Sharp from its small beginnings and now offer an extensive programme of music and training opportunities for children and young people right through to adulthood. We are passionate about creating a culture where young people feel supported to take part in and contribute to their communities in enterprising ways, building a sound future for all.
Vision and Mission
B Sharp’s vision is that all children and young people have the opportunity to explore and develop their music skills and experience, increase their confidence and be valued for their contribution both as individuals and to wider society.
Through providing regular top quality music-making opportunities, B Sharp’s mission is to bring out the strengths in young people irrespective of their musical ability by supporting and inspiring, building confidence, increasing self-esteem and promoting a sense of being part of something positive.
Who we are
B Sharp is a charity, and is run by a small staff team, working closely with a core team of professional music leaders. The charity is overseen by a board of trustees. We also work regularly with a wider group of freelance professional music leaders, guest musicians and creative professionals.
We actively develop partnerships across the music, education, youth and charity sectors to ensure music opportunities are available to all young people.
We also run a programme of specialist workshops and masterclasses, in partnership with arts organisations and venues, to ensure local young people have access to diverse, high-quality music experiences. Last year we were very fortunate to have the amazing DHOL foundation, and ISQ Music deliver workshops for local young people, in partnership with the Marine Theatre. Previous guest musicians have included John K Miles, Adriano Adwane, Glynn Bush and Ralph Cree.
We are fortunate to receive Revenue Funding from Dorset Council and Lyme Regis Town Council, and support from Youth Music towards our regular weekly sessions.
We seek other funding on a project by project basis.
My son truly benefited from the project and made great strides in his music making, his commitment to learning and social interaction. I would say this is true for many of the group. The cost of not funding work like this is a lack of ongoing opportunity and associated risks
Contact B Sharp
- B Sharp
St Michaels' Business Centre,
Dorset, DT7 3DB
- B Sharp is a Registered Charity. No.1149237
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