As the borough continues to revel in its status as Greater Manchester Town of Culture, one of the North West’s most successful bands will have their cofounder and co-songwriter leading a complimentary session on drums, percussion, and rhythm at South City Studios on 11 March.
To register for the event, please visit the South City Studios website or send an email to [email protected].
Supported by public funding from Arts Council England, there are also numerous other free workshops available for people of all ages and abilities in Stockport who wish to explore something completely new and potentially develop a lifelong passion for music and its associated skills.
On 15 and 20 February, from either 11am to 1pm or 1.30-3.30pm, Henry and his team from Noise Academy will be teaching participants the art of DJing and beatboxing. Beatboxing involves using the mouth, lips, tongue, and voice to imitate drum machines, creating vocal percussion. The workshops will provide opportunities to try beatboxing, learn with loop stations, mix different genres using DJ mixing desks, create tracks with various technologies, and meet professionals, all with the aim of unlocking the musical talents of participants. Noise Academy is an organization dedicated to offering opportunities to hard-to-reach and disengaged individuals of all ages.
Established a decade ago, Noise Academy already collaborates with several organizations across the UK, such as Elysium Care, MAC Community Care, and Barnardos, to provide bespoke DJ and music production courses that engage, motivate, and support mental well-being for those facing various mental health challenges. In the past year alone, over 30,000 students, many of whom suffer from low self-esteem and lack of confidence, have been able to enjoy new experiences and develop new skills that have had a positive impact on their health and well-being.
Henry Walker-Brown, Provision Manager at Noise Academy, commented: “Our aim is to provide guidance to help individuals unlock their musical potential while also supporting their personal development.”
To register for the DJ and beatboxing workshops, please visit the Noise Academy website.
Next up, on 27 and 28 February, drummer Aaron Haigh will be hosting a workshop on live production and recording at South City Studios.
Lastly, on 22 March, experienced Stockport session musician and engineer Jamie Lee will be offering live performance and instrumental demonstrations.
To register for both of these events, please visit the South City Studios website or send an email to [email protected].
Councillor Frankie Singleton, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture & Sport, stated: “Stockport has a rich musical history, and it’s fantastic that as part of the Town of Culture Stockport Sounds strand, we are introducing and encouraging people to get involved in a wide range of music genres, including DJing, beatboxing, and percussion.”
Various musical events will also take place in different locations around Stockport in the upcoming months, and further details can be found on the Town Of Culture website.