Kicking off our Creative Residences at Sherburn Library we had the amazing musician Kate Pearson come and run Song Writing sessions during May and April 2015. The age range was 13-18 year olds, but we had a couple of older and younger participants come to learn from Kate.
Kate Pearson – “ I work as a composer and specialise in creating pieces that connect music with other art forms such as story-telling, drama, dance and art. A lot (but not all) of my work involves singing, and I also work with community choirs and singing groups of all ages, including a signing choir for adults with learning disabilities. I work with lots of different age groups, mostly primary and secondary age and students, but I have also worked on small projects with pre-schoolers and much older groups. Lastly, I have worked on many projects with children and adults with various disabilities. So, to sum up – my main areas of work are those within full-time education on projects with music connected to other art forms, but I am happy to work with most groups.”
Instruments at the ready!
The types of instruments we had available were:
The clear favourite, was the Guitars and Drum!
3 sessions into the work shops we had Eja (Abbi Smith, local singer/song writer) come and join us.
She has had her music produced professionally so I and Kate thought it would be a good idea if we invited Abbi to stay and get involved with the young people.
The project ended up being quite different than we imagined – more to do with personal journeys…
We had 2 young girls who were twins, who had produced a meaningful song about the loss of their father. Which we thought was very brave and inspiring of them to tackle.
Kate and the participants discussed whether they wanted her or someone else to perform their songs, but they were more keen on spending the time continuing writing, and keeping the project as one emphasising process and writing as opposed to performing. The participants used the sessions as a way of finding their voices.
The youngest attendee of the sessions was learning to play the Guitar and read music, so Kate spent time encouraging him and teaching him. His mum was very impressed with what he had learnt in such a short space of time!
Customers who were visiting the Library during the sessions, had all said, how nice it were to see Young People in the Library.
So as the end of the Song Writing came, we said goodbye to the lovely music which was being played, and hello to the next round of creativeness… Felting!!
Written by Sammy Bredesen SDA at Sherburn Library