Birchfield Big Local Youth Team collaborated this February Half-term from the 22nd – 25th with Handsworth Association of Schools, From The Roots CIC, English Heritage, Shout Out Loud, and funded by Heritage fund.
The four-day programme explored the rich history and culture of Handsworth-Birchfield, with the group learning about local sites of importance and the various music that has come from the areas. The group had a varied programme, with expert music workshops including African Drumming, Bhangra Dhol drumming, developing compositions and using various instruments to create their own music that celebrated the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games. These workshops highlighted the power of music, inspiring their personal ambitions for their communities along with a workshop with esteemed photographer Vanley Burke.
The group ranged from 8 to 16 years old. All the young people shared their favourite music genres and had the opportunity to visit the Birmingham Conservatoire to watch a live performance as well as visiting St Mary’s Church, Handsworth Park, and having a day out with Handsworth Play team. The group created some great songs within a few days and then held a mini performance on the Friday. Everyone that listened to the variety of styles created by the group were very impressed.