Oswestry Youth Music Collective

Oswestry Youth Music Collective

Qube’s brand-new music project Oswestry Youth Music Collective has been funded by ‘Youth Music’, to provide creative music opportunities for young people in Oswestry and the surrounding area.

The project will run as a ten week block, one session per week, starting in September. There will be 10 places available for young people aged 11-19.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their musical skills and build confidence through a variety of experimental music activities based on their own interests, and across a range of genres, to include: jamming and improvisation, vocal, percussion and guitar workshops, song-writing and recording, stage-craft and performance. Importantly, the project provides the space and support for young people to work creatively together, developing a musical style as part of a collective group.

All participants will also be invited to work towards their Discover and Explore or bronze-level Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification. For more information – www.artsaward.org.uk

Meet the team:

Lead Musician, James Hickman was born in Shrewsbury has been performing live since the age of thirteen.

After music college, he travelled with his guitar to Ireland and then to Iceland where he co-formed the “Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet”. He then returned to England and began performing as a solo artist and formed the duo “Hickman and Quinn” and also joined the folk group “Uisecedwr” and worked with them for two years.

James has been teaching music now for many years and many of his students have become accomplished musicians themselves.

He enjoys teaching in a number of schools with Music Heroes and he leads the Music Heroes Songwriting Workshop.

James now performs in the UK and Europe as part of “Hickman and Quinn”, “Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet” and “James Hickman and Dan Cassidy”.

Youth leaders, Ian and Colleen Cruise-Taylor with a wealth of experience in education and youth work, will provide pastoral support.

Project Manager, Sarah Nelsey has worked in the music industry for over 20 years as a stage manager, tour manager, booking agent and promoter.

We will be involving industry professionals and guest musicians from a variety of genres and settings throughout the sessions.

First FREE 10 week block is due to start 22nd September . For more information or to book a place please email info@qube-oca.org.uk or call 01691 656882. Places limited to 10 per block.