If any proof was needed of the high standard of music making achieved by local young people, then Cre8’s Youth Concert was all the evidence needed.
Held on Saturday 22nd July at the United Reformed Church in Macclesfield town centre, the Youth Concert, which saw performances from Cre8’s talented young musicians, showcased the achievements of young people involved with the highly acclaimed music project on the Moss Rose Estate.
Cre8’s music project established in 2011, enables young people from the Moss Rose Estate to develop music-making skills, where there may be limited opportunities for them to do so elsewhere. In 2017 this work has expanded to include the delivery of nationally recognised vocational qualifications in music.
This concert was the opportunity for young people to show off their talents in music performance and they did not disappoint! The varied programme of pop, rock, grime, chilled acoustic and a bit of classical provided something for an audience of all ages and musical tastes. Young people played piano, guitar, bass, drums, ukulele as well as singing and rapping, with some highly technical performances.
A comment from a member of the audience “What an honour and privilege to watch these young people perform. Their talent, their respect and love for their music and each other is inspiring... it was beautiful.”
The development of the young people on their musical journeys was clear, with a special finale featuring a young person, who learnt to sing at Cre8 four years ago and has just received a special award from the School after her first year at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
Tom Wardle, Youth Work Manager at Cre8 said “The young people have been working for months on their performances and stage presence so to see that materialise in such a fantastic way on Saturday was very special. They work really hard in challenging circumstances and they certainly pulled it off tonight! As a team of music leaders we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements. It’s now time to look towards October, which will be a completely different experience for these young people, and such an honour to perform with a well-known choir.”
Cre8 Music’s next concert on 14th October at St Michael’s Church in the Marketplace, will be a special fundraising evening in conjunction with the fantastic Laurence Singers based in Cheadle Hulme. This ticketed event is sure to be very popular featuring a lively programme from the choir and special joint performances with Cre8. Tickets are £7 (£5 concessions) and available from Cre8 01625 503740.
EEEEKKKK!!!! Cre8 are finalists in two categories at the North West Charity Awards 2017!!!!!!!!😁😁😁😁
We're finalists in 'Small Charity Big Impact' for our work with young people and families in the neighbourhood of the Moss Estate in Macclesfield. And Cre8 Facilities our social enterprise supported by Creamline Dairies (employing young people & young adults and providing valuable work skills & employment opportunities) is a finalist in the 'Outstanding Charity Support' category.
We'll find out if we've made it at the Awards Ceremony in October (at the very swanky Midlands Hotel). Congratulations and a HUGE well done to everyone involved with Cre8; young people, their families, this community, our workers & volunteers and the immense supporters we have all across Macclesfield and far wider. You make Cre8 great!
Fingers crossed we can go all the way 😊
#nwcharityawards #cre8 #youngpeopleareawesome
The Protege Effect
by Rachel [aka Bradders] - Youth Support Worker at Cre8 Music
I have no musical ability, so was especially excited to get involved with the music project! I’m a youth support worker at the Cre8 Music project on the Moss (I have many roles at Cre8 – this is just one of them!). I look after the tea & toast, sit and chat while young people wait for lessons, and more recently I’ve become a ‘project’ for the young people to teach music to!
My lack of musical ability became apparent to the young people quite quickly and so they took it upon themselves to sort me out with some music lessons – taught by them! It began with singing and we are currently practising Jessie J's ‘Flashlight’ and Leonard Cohen's ‘Hallelujah’; a fine combination! This is accompanied by piano and most recently, ukulele... Simon Cowell eat your hat! As well as fuelling my one man band daydreams, I find it a cool way of building the young people’s confidence in their own ability and focus' them to practice (albeit while laughing at my raw talent). Plus, there’s plenty of evidence to show it helps them learn – have a look at the article here >>. It's also really encouraging to see young people teaching each other young people, as everyone seems to join in with ‘teaching Rachel’ time.
I see that music has this quality to calm an anxious young person. I hear it in the lyrics they choose to sing, the story they wish to tell. In the tea & toast moments (always a popular time at the music project) the young people describe their creative aspirations for the future while chatting over a brew. I love to hear this.
The music project provides such a positive learning environment. I listen in awe while the highly talented music tutors and young people jam together; spontaneous creativity spills out of the group. I can't help but feel energised, feel included and want to have a go. I’m sure this energy is why the kids stick around too. I've seen these young people grow from no musical background to being musically (and socially) confident and competent. The Youth Music Concert’s that Cre8 holds during the year are evidence of this - blows me away every time!
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