2019 has been a challenging but an incredibly exciting year for Beat This. Last year we finished a mammoth project with designing and building a whole new warehouse unit next door to the existing room at Chime. The vision being to develop Peterborough's 1st fit for purpose Community Music Centre.
Initially we allocated some of our unrestricted financial reserves to get the ball rolling but were very fortunate to receive enough funding to be able to see the project through to the end thanks so the support from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Santander, Perkins, ASDA and Comic Relief. We built seperate rooms for recording, performance and and office for admin and staff training. Having the new centre has enabled us to run more Community Music workshops and accommodate more projects, volunteers and work experience students.
After the re-launch last year we new that in 2019 we had to work really hard to bring in new people to the centre and build on the partnerships and work we do with existing groups, forming stronger bonds and developing a plan for greater resilience and sustainability for the years to come.
We have also been beavering away at applying for more funding for new projects. This year we have received donations from The National Lottery, Tesco Groundwork, The Fitzwilliam Trust and Comic Relief. These grants have enabled us to look forward to a bright future for Community Music in Peterborough.
Since the re-opening, we focused a good deal of energy on facilitating 1-2-1 music-based mentoring sessions with vulnerable young people and adults at Chime. Peterborough City Council and other local support organisations are now referring individuals and groups to the service on a regular basis which has seen numbers using the centre increasing by up to 55%.
Organisations such as Circles Network, Noise Solution, Little Miracles, Clare Lodge, The Shires, Thera and Affinity Trust are now using the centre to further enrich the lives of the people that they are supporting.
So what do have we to look forward to in 2020? There are some super exciting developments in the pipeline with plans for immersive sound, 3d projections, live performances, events and new projects and recordings; plenty to get our teeth into!
We hope that your year has been as positively productive and that you have been touched by music in some way, it's the great lifter of the soul! Happy New Year folks from all at Beat This.
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IT'S A WIN FOR FUN UTD.
This year we started working with Circles Network who are are charity that support young people and adults that are isolated or at risk of isolation. Circles run regular youth groups, called Fun Utd. which run during the school holidays. The groups have been attending Chime Creation Centre to create music, learn new musical skills and record their songs and performances. The workshops are going really well and after 5 sessions we are hoping to partner up on a bid to apply for some funding so that we can expand on the project further and offer regular music-making sessions to the young people.
The project will focus on music composition, skills-sharing and performance. We also wish to identify and nurture young 'music leaders' within the groups and build on the musical facilities at the Circles Network 'Hub" so that they can continue injecting music into the lives of the people they work with.
Want to learn more about Circles Network and the amazing work they do,
please visit their website at this link.
LET BATTLE COMMENCE
Battle Lines is Peterborough's 1st live art battle! People come together to meet, share and create art together. Artists go for a 90-minute live art battle where they create illustrations showcasing their diverse styles, the audience then vote for their favourite pieces of art.
In October and November we were so lucky to have the Battle Lines crew run 2 events at Chime. The space worked out really well for them and saw lots of new happy faces walk through the doors. We fully support what they are are all about and hope to see them again in the future!
The Lava lamp lighters have had a very exciting year! They have been working on writing new songs, playing gigs and have just released a brand new EP! "Ignore Disability" is the name of one of the songs that band member, Natasha Thobani wrote, the band decided to use it as the title for the EP. It contains 4 powerfully inspirational and infectious songs.
The EP was recorded and produced at Chime with the support from Beat This Music Practitioners and is available right NOW on their Bandcamp as a digital download. So why not buy yourselves an early Christmas present by buying the EP, the band would love you forever for it!
The Lava Lamp Nightclub is a regular event run for adults with disabilities by adults with disabilities We have been supporting the Lava Lamp Nightclub for over 10 years, mentoring and training hundred's of DJ's to perform at each event.
It is a truly remarkable thing that the club has managed to keep going for this length of time without the need for much funding; a rel example of an independent small group showing us that they can sustain such a tremendous thing by the power of will and community.
However last year the group were faced with the worrying issue of having very little in the way of funds, the future looked a litte bleak for the club and they were forced to close for around 8 months. We teamed up with the committee in applying for some funding so that we could re-launch the club, run more events, workshops and build in a plan to make the club more sustainable. We succeeded and received a grant so the club is up and running again. We are currently preparing foe the Christmas Party on Thursday 12th December.
Part of the funding enabled the club to have a proper website built so that people could book on the DJ workshops and reserve tickets for the events, a real bonus! Why not head over there now and take a peek?
We recently applied for some funding to get a new project pff the ground, The Thorney Music Makers.
Thorney music makers will provide the children from the Duke of Bedford school and preschool, and young people at the Park House school with high-quality music, composition and creative STEM workshops. The project will entail:
1. Recording environmental sounds on handheld recording devices. Exploring our sonic environment, listening to the world around us and the sounds we can make through interaction.
2. Editing the recorded sounds (whilst drawing what the sound would look like) and mixing them with other sounds using music technology and computer software. Music practitioners will encourage students to create new and interesting musical textures to use in compositions
3. Composing sounds to create sequences and songs. Mixing edited sounds with other sounds and beats to create music tracks and songs. Using visual aids for composition and creating picture/texture scores of songs.
4. Creating musical instruments that play sounds from the computer, using conductive materials (tin foil, water, fruit and vegetables, playdough, etc) that are linked to the Makey Makey device. This device connects conductive objects to use as controllers i.e. keys on a piano via a computer, so you could make a piano that is played by touching bananas, yes I know fun! This part of the project complements Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM learning.
5. Performances, playing hand made instruments, singing, rapping and performing spoken word along with the musical compositions.
The project is due to start in the 1st quarter of 2020.
CHIME ARTIST PROFILE: SHAUN
Shaun has been attending Chime for almost 12 months, he has written 13 songs and has released his 1st album, a fantastic achievement worth singing about.
"I love coming to Chime, i use my phone and tablet to make cool and crazy sounds and we make songs and the art for the tracks. It keeps me off the streets hahaha..." Shaun.
Shaun is one of many people who have their debut album's up on the 'wall of fame' at the centre, and extra proud moment for Shaun.
"I showed my sister and she cried when she saw it! Tears of joy of course hahah". Shaun.
You can check out Shaun's music HERE and learn about what he is getting up to with his music on his blog HERE.
"AFTER SILENCE, THAT WHICH COMES NEARER TO EXPRESSING THE INEXPRESSIBLE IS MUSIC" Huxley
Beat This C.I.C
Chime Creation Centre Unit A, The Courtyard Norfolk Street Peterborough PE1 2NP