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All Together Now - October 2017
We've just completed the first stage of All Together Now, a songwriting and recording project involving P7 pupils from Silverwood and New Farm Primaries. They will be moving to the William Mcillvanney Campus in April 2018 and they've been writing songs about this transition. An emotional and fun filled week of creativity.
In Schools across East Ayrshire, Rock 'n' Role Models is engaged with pupils in a number of pioneering projects as part of the Pupil Equity Funding introduced recently by the Scottish Government. Working to bridge the attainment gap is deeply embedded in the philosophy of Rock 'n' Role Models and being able to work with pupils who wouldn't normally have this level of access to the arts is constantly inspiring.
Our Creative Director Paul Brunton recently did a talk and performance with women from a group in Stevenston who benefitted from Song Book. As the women told their stories there wasn't a dry eye in the room, but it really does illustrate the power of music and song.
We will be announcing an exciting partnership in the near future that will link songwriting and visual art, until then...keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel.
Exciting Times Ahead - August 2017
It's been a fun summer with gigs, recordings and songwriting sessions over July and August.
Our successful Song Book sessions in local libraries were continued through the summer at Bourtreehill Library. We've run these sessions with people of all ages, from toddlers to grown-ups and it's an incredible way of opening up and exploring creativity through using books to write songs.
We plan to run more of these sessions over the coming year.
At Rugby Park, home of Kilmarnock F.C., we held a free week of songwriting and rehearsing bookended by gigs at Sweet Afton Water Acoustic Music Festival and Celebrate in Kilmarnock Town Centre. What really makes Rock 'n' Role Models unique is that in these type of sessions young songwriters are constantly given feedback in terms of how they communicate together, encouraging feedback on songwriting and music making and providing a platform to have their music heard by audiences.
As we move into September, our groundbreaking work in schools will continue apace with sessions throughout Ayrshire and beyond. This highly specialised approach to creativity and music making allows young people to develop their confidence and literacy skills in a safe and nurturing environment inspired by rehearsal sessions that I've been involved with over a number of years in music, theatre, dance and visual art.
This approach works particularly well with people of all ages who have perhaps never tried songwriting before or have become disconnected from their own sense of creativity.
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