Arts workshops in North Yorkshire Libraries

Archive for March, 2016

Bilton & Woodfield Library Music Workshops

Our first Creative Residences artist was musician Alec Cromarty. He is a drummer but plays several instruments and is ace at song writing. He ran four weekly song writing workshops for adults and four for children – but it turned out to be much more than that. There were several different types of instrument for people to try, though quite a few of the participants brought their own.

Radio York found out about the workshops and wanted to do a live broadcast on their breakfast show. Our first part of the interview was over the phone. We told the listeners about the fabulous workshops and also about the other wonderful things that take place in our library.

When the reporter arrived she set Alec the challenge of writing a song in half an hour about the Breakfast Show. He rose to this magnificently. Radio York liked the song so much they played it several times during the show and it has been played since. If you hear it, it was recorded live in our library.


Most participants had some musical experience but not so the volunteers who helped facilitate the sessions. It was discovered that some of them could sing quite well and recordings have been made to prove it.

The library came alive to the sound of music. Unfortunately we had to run the sessions when the library was closed to the public because we only have a small space and loud music doesn’t mix too well with serious study and reading but, the sessions have given us ideas on what perhaps could be achieved in the future.

Now we are looking forward to our next opportunity to be creative – photography.

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