Vocalize is a free music project for talented disadvantaged young people aged 11-19 jointly run by the National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT) and Youth Action Alliance (YAA), a charity based at the heart of the North Kensington community. Vocalize will increase wellbeing and confidence and allow musical talent to flourish and grow.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1152367)
The National Youth Arts Trust is filling a vital gap in arts education funding by working to ensure that the performing arts do not become a luxury only for children whose parents can afford it. When we look at our young artists, we should ask how much talent they have, not how much money.'
'It is axiomatic that if these students are given the opportunity to grow and develop, they do. In areas which have become barren we need more water, and students in areas which are struggling deserve the best.'
After a year of training, being able to come back and give something back to the youth theatre which allowed me to get to where I am today was an opportunity I couldn’t let pass by! The workshop was so much fun and a chance to give everyone a look into what drama school has taught me.'
'I’m so lucky to have had the support I did from NYAT to be able to get onto my course is truly incredible for its unique way of teaching. NYAT supported my funding right from the start. Thank you very much for all of your support!'
The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 has had a major impact on the North Kensington community, as well as coping with Covid-19. Over 6,000 children in the borough are identified as living in poverty, income inequality is higher here than any other borough, there has been an increase in serious youth violence, and 29.3% of 19 years olds are without a Level 3 Qualification. There is no free singing activity in the area, so we know this project (based on two previous pilots) is both urgent and necessary. Young people need access to free cultural activities.
Vocalize will be a safe creative community hub for young people aged 11-19 to access the performing arts and make music with arts professionals. We will run weekly singing 2 hour workshops teaching skills, techniques and different genres of musical theatre. There will be 3 hour workshops and masterclasses in the school holidays, plus visits to live shows and a chance to compose original music and perform in termly showcases and as part of North Kensington Youth Festival.
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