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Current Projects and Events …

Music Making for Wellbeing

 

B Sharp is offering one-to-one music making sessions for young people age 8 – 18 in Dorset, who are struggling with mental health issues and anxiety, and who would benefit from a safe, creative space to make music.
B Sharp believes that everyone’s health and wellbeing can be improved through being creative, learning new skills and trying something new. Making music helps young people explore their emotions, express themselves, connect with others, and improve their mood. Please contact B Sharp for more information, or to refer a young person to this programme. Sessions are free, through funding from Dorset Community Foundation. Email info@bsharp.org.uk.

MusicFutures
Your Music: Your Future

If you are an aspiring musician aged 15+ and are thinking about a career in music, but need some help starting out, come and join the MusicFutures programme.
B Sharp’s MusicFutures programme will support and mentor talented young people who are interested in a career in music. It is designed to give young people the tools, skills and knowledge to help them start their careers in music.

See more …

‘Your Sound’ Recording Project – Outreach

B Sharp Your Sound Recording Project

B Sharp are offering free 1 to 1 and small group sessions to find your voice in a professional recording studio with a music producer, Harry Warren. These sessions are particularly useful for building confidence and for those young people that might prefer to work in this way. If you are age 11 to 25 and interested to know more please contact info@bsharp.org.uk or call 07947 334 138. This project could lead to an opportunity to have your music featured on an album.

iWill Programme

 

The iWill fund (formerly known as Youth Social Action) has been developed to help increase youth volunteering and social action. B Sharp is working with young people (volunteers) who want to gain work experience and build confidence in planning and running a series of events based on their own ideas. Young people have put on events including samba drumming performances, youth band nights and busking events. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch. Email info@bsharp.org.uk or 07947 334138 
https://www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org/funds/iwill-programme/

‘Your Sound’ Recording Project – Outreach

B Sharp Your Sound Recording Project

B Sharp are offering free 1 to 1 and small group sessions to find your voice in a professional recording studio with a music producer, Harry Warren. These sessions are particularly useful for building confidence and for those young people that might prefer to work in this way. If you are age 11 to 25 and interested to know more please contact info@bsharp.org.uk or call 07947 334 138. This project could lead to an opportunity to have your music featured on an album.

What’s Been 2019 …

Busking Festival 2020

 

Due to Covid-19 it was not possible this year to hold our annual busking festival on Lyme Regis seafront. Instead we organised an online festival on Saturday 4th July 2020 streamed via facebook and Youtube. There were music activities for young children and families with Little B’s, a pop-up choir, and performances from our participants, Young Music Leaders and local bands and young performers.  Co-produced by our Young Music Leaders, the festival provided a platform for young people to showcase their music, and to interact with our community.

See here for all festival performances and activities …

Performance and Pizza 2019

Young people aged 8 – 18 from our Lyme Regis, Bridport and Axminster groups shared their work at our Performance and Pizza evening in November. The groups performed a huge variety of tracks and songs, across a broad range of genres, many pieces they had written themselves. Alongside the weekly sessions these supportive performance opportunities help build confidence, self esteem and social skills. 

Busking Festival 2019

 

Lyme Regis was busy this Spring Bank Holiday weekend with thousands of locals and visitors enjoying the sunshine and the sounds of B Sharp’s Busking Festival. Buskers of all ages showcased a fantastic range of talent throughout the town.

Lost Words Songwriting Project

We delivered an exciting environmental and creative project with 120 year 3/4 children from Axe Beacon schools funded by the East Devon AONB sustainable development fund. Inspired by the research behind the beautiful book by Robert Mcfarlane and Jackie Morris, ‘The Lost Words’. Read more…

Training for Early Years Staff


Dorset Music Education Hub has commissioned B Sharp to deliver training in music making for Early Years staff across Dorset. Our first sessions have been with the Dorchester settings, and we have been helping staff explore positive environments for music making, encouraging children’s development of hearing and listening, moving and dancing, exploring and playing, singing and vocalising.

Music Mark Conference, Sheffield

B Sharp’s methodology – our way of working with young people, that encourages them to create and compose their own music – was in the spotlight at the Music Mark Conference in Sheffield in November. Director Ruth Cohen, and Music Leaders, Jacques Verharen and Ellie Walker were invited to present by Dorset Music Education Hub, highlighting our youth-centered practice.

 

 

Pop Up Choirs

B Sharp music leader Ellie Walker has delivered several intergenerational pop up choirs this year, enjoyable, singing opportunities promoting wellbeing, for families, and people of all ages.

Dohl Foundation

This 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 as part of our programme of specialist workshops and masterclasses.

Farmfest 2019

This year B Sharp was one of two charity partners of Farmfest. We led a pop up choir, children’s workshops and interactive karaoke sessions at the festival in July, and in return we will receive a proportion of the ticket sales fees.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2019

As part of Lyme Regis Fossil festival we worked with students from The Woodroffe School and Mrs Ethelston’s CE Primary Academy to help them create original music on the theme of evolution. The young people presented their work at a fantastic Evolution Rocks! concert at the Marine Theatre in May, alongside young performers from our regular weekly groups.

Previous Years …

Evolution

​An exciting evening of sound and light taking us through the journey of Evolution, created by young musicians from B Sharps regular ongoing music projects Hub Jams, Boombox and Bridport Jams.

Bridport Sounds


The best upcoming young contemporary bands from Bridport and around performed at our Bridport Sounds gig on July 21st. ‘The Collaborators‘ won the competition to headline the evening and performed supported by Pizza for Dogs and B Sharp’s own Bridport Jams. This was another one of our iWill events supported by Dorset Community Foundation. A showcase of Bridport Sounds at Bridport Arts Centre. where young producers and trainees worked alongside industry professionals to organise and run the event.

Free Music Open Day

Half term started with a bang with an afternoon of free music activities for young people aged 11- 19 years, on Saturday 20th October at Bridport Youth and Community Centre. A range of tasters and workshops led by a mix of music leaders, musicians DJ’s, producers as well as a group of young volunteers. A fantastic opportunity to meet new people and share ideas and try things out. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Summer Cabaret


On Friday 6th July at The Hub in Lyme Regis B Sharp’s Summer Cabaret saw a whole host of local young musicians from our regular projects; Boombox, Hub Jams and Bridport Jams, B Sharp alumni, and Launchpad– B Sharp’s house band and music collective, coming together for a night of outstanding music.

Busking Festival

B Sharp Busking FestivalSun, Sea and Great Sounds! That’s what we had at the 2018 Busking Festival. Thousands flocked to Lyme Regis as the sounds and rhythms of B Sharp’s Busking Festival swung into town in association with the Lyme Regis jazz and blues festival Jazz Jurassica.

Uplyme Fete

B Sharp at Uplyme Fete The ever popular Uplyme Fete was on Sat 9 June 2018. B Sharp’s LaunchPad performed live. More information on Facebook. If you would like to book the B Sharp band or musician for your event, fete or festival contact info@bsharp.org.uk.

May Fete, Lyme Regis

The B Sharp team had a great day at this year’s Anning Rd, May Fete A great community afternoon of family fun! If you would like to book a B Sharp band or musician for your event, fete or festival contact info@bsharp.org.uk.

Lyme Regis Children’s Week

Over the 2018 Easter holidays B Sharp took part in #lymeregischildrensweekat the#marinetheatre – five fun days of activities based on ‘The Beach’. On Friday 6th April, we had fun running Music Making and the Story Boat, 3 action packed music workshops, for different age groups. We LOVED working with Vera the story telling boat to write some really fun rhythms.

The Pick n Mix, Give a Gig

Our Gig on Good Friday March 30th was a great success! Local musicians came together as part of Youth Music’s flagship fundraising initiative in support of music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances!LaunchPad in action
Mr Jean, headline band

Out of the Box

Out of the Box B Sharp projectIn 2017 young musicians from B Sharp’s weekly sessions were tasked with creating a low budget musical experience and encouraged to think ‘out of the box’.

What they did was amazing!

Big Mix

B-Sharp-Big-Mix Lyme Regis Festival by the SeaB Sharp has produced 4 large scale community youth music festivals – Big Mix. These festivals have been run and delivered by young people working on all aspects of event production, mentored by a team of industry professionals. The Big Mix has showcased a diverse range of professional guest bands and musicians as well as local young talent. The event has been a fantastic success and we believe it developed a positive culture of live public music in a rural seaside community. Keep your eye out for our next large scale community event …

B Sharp Party

B Sharp Annual PartyShowcase of original music created at on-going weekly music sessions in the Lyme Regis, Bridport, Axminster and surrounding areas.

ONE

ONE Project - B SharpB Sharp Singing 2016 – we recently completed a high quality, large scale, collaborative programme of singing to engage, progress and inspire.

Read all about it

If you are interested in keeping up to date with the latest news from B Sharp follow this link.

Get involved

If you are interested in working together please fill in our contact form and one of the team will be in touch.

Coming Up

What’s On?

B Sharp always has a huge amount going on. Below you’ll find some of the events and activities coming up and that we’ve been involved with recently.

iWill

Are you a young person who would like to put on your own gigs and events with professional mentoring support? The iWill fund (formerly known as Youth Social Action) has been developed to help increase youth volunteering and social action from 40% to 60% by the year 2020.
B Sharp will be working with young people (volunteers) who want to gain work experience and build confidence in planning and running a series of events based on your own ideas.

We are recruiting now so please get in touch to register your interest and please tell others about it. Email info@bsharp.org.uk or 07947 334138

iWill Logo DDCMS National Lottery Funded

Winter Gig

Saturday November 24th. More information coming soon.

Busking Festival

Saturday May 25th 2019, 11am – 6pm.

Our Busking Festival is one of the most popular events of the year and the fact that it coincides with the brilliant action packed Jazz Jurassica makes it even better.

What’s Been On

Bridport Sounds

The best upcoming young contemporary bands from Bridport and around performed at our Bridport Sounds gig on July 21st. ‘The Collaborators‘ won the competition to headline the evening and performed supported by Pizza for Dogs and B Sharp’s own Bridport Jams.

Summer Cabaret

On Friday 6th July at The Hub in Lyme Regis B Sharp’s Summer Cabaret saw a whole host of local young musicians from our regular projects; Boombox, Hub Jams and Bridport Jams, B Sharp alumni, and Launchpad– B Sharp’s house band and music collective, coming together for a night of outstanding music.
Special guests included: Harvey Causley, Phoebe Townsend, Ellie Kirtley and Josh Crocker on sound. Thanks to everybody who helped make the evening a success.

Uplyme Fete

B Sharp at Uplyme Fete The ever popular Uplyme Fete was on Sat 9 June 2018. B Sharp’s LaunchPad performed live. More information on Facebook. If you would like to book the B Sharp band or musician for your event, fete or festival contact info@bsharp.org.uk.

Busking Festival

B Sharp Busking FestivalSun, Sea and Great Sounds! That’s what we had at the 2018 Busking Festival. Thousands flocked to Lyme Regis as the sounds and rhythms of B Sharp’s Busking Festival swung into town in association with the Lyme Regis jazz and blues festival Jazz Jurassica.

May Fete, Lyme Regis

The B Sharp team had a great day at this year’s Anning Rd, May Fete A great community afternoon of family fun! If you would like to book a B Sharp band or musician for your event, fete or festival contact info@bsharp.org.uk.

Lyme Regis Children’s Week

Over the 2018 Easter holidays B Sharp took part in #lymeregischildrensweekat the#marinetheatre – five fun days of activities based on ‘The Beach’. On Friday 6th April, we had fun running Music Making and the Story Boat, 3 action packed music workshops, for different age groups. We LOVED working with Vera the story telling boat to write some really fun rhythms.

The Pick n Mix, Give a Gig

Our Gig on Good Friday March 30th was a great success! Local musicians came together as part of Youth Music’s flagship fundraising initiative in support of music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances!LaunchPad in action
Mr Jean, headline band

Big Mix

B-Sharp-Big-Mix Lyme Regis Festival by the SeaB Sharp has produced 4 large scale community youth music festivals – Big Mix. These festivals have been run and delivered by young people working on all aspects of event production, mentored by a team of industry professionals. The Big Mix has showcased a diverse range of professional guest bands and musicians as well as local young talent. The event has been a fantastic success and we believe it developed a positive culture of live public music in a rural seaside community. Keep your eye out for our next large scale community event …

Out of the Box

Out of the Box B Sharp projectIn 2017 young musicians from B Sharp’s weekly sessions were tasked with creating a low budget musical experience and encouraged to think ‘out of the box’.

What they did was amazing!

B Sharp Party

B Sharp Annual PartyShowcase of original music created at on-going weekly music sessions in the Lyme Regis, Bridport, Axminster and surrounding areas.

ONE

ONE Project - B SharpB Sharp Singing 2016 – we recently completed a high quality, large scale, collaborative programme of singing to engage, progress and inspire.

Get involved

If you are interested in working together please fill in our contact form and one of the team will be in touch.

Read all about it

If you are interested in keeping up to date with the latest news from B Sharp follow this link.

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