Samba, steel pan and songwriting workshops to be offered to schools and the community

This year’s Music on Sea workshops are about to be offered to schools and the community and will include samba, steel pan and songwriting workshops.

Primary school children in bright colours tops waving their arms to music

This follows last month’s successful 10th Anniversary Southend Makes Music concert series (21-24 March) at the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea which showcased the musical talents of local schoolchildren and musical groups.

The event, which is funded by Arts Council England, saw 550 young musicians represent their schools, ensembles, and Music on Sea partners to showcase the breadth of musical variety taking place across the city of Southend and its neighbouring communities.

Amanda Champ, who leads the Southend Makes Music event for Southend-on-Sea City Council, said: “The Southend Makes Music performances give hundreds of local children and groups the opportunity to perform on the big stage in front of a live audience. It’s a celebration of local youth talent and one that Southend-on-Sea City Council is proud to coordinate through its Music on Sea platform.

“Our next series of workshops are about to be offered to schools and I hope that we can inspire young people to get creative and express themselves whether it’s through beat box, samba, steel pans, songwriting as well as our more traditional ensemble opportunities – there will be plenty to choose from an increasingly diverse range of musical culture.”

Music on Sea provides musical opportunities to all those aged 5 to 18 years old in and around Southend. They work with schools and partners to offer music during or after school including instrument hire, lessons in school, out of school music clubs, performance opportunities or in-school workshops. Their aim is for every child to be a musician and offer a diverse range of music that is accessible for all.

For more information visit the Music-on-Sea website.

Published: 26th April 2022

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