We wanted to give a shoutout to the incredible Tinderbox, a hugely diverse collective of youth workers, young people, artists, musicians and volunteers who run a vast range of projects for young people aged 10 to 25. Their ‘alternative’ and award-winning orchestra rehearses with us on Sunday afternoons with end of term performances involving around 40 young musicians. The orchestra incorporates music of all styles and genres, whether it is from an instrument, singing or rapping.
From grass-roots youth work to award-winning music productions, Tinderbox work with kids of all musical stages, from complete beginners to young professionals, with a vision to produce a creative, ambitious and inclusive youth culture that cuts across social and economic divides and brings together diverse influences. Their programmes create opportunities for kids from all walks of life and instils an enthusiasm for music as a communal and social enterprise while building their confidence, self-esteem and skill, and providing invaluable professional experience for aspiring musicians.
Alongside their orchestra work, the team run youth and community outreach programmes in a vast array, whether it is digital media, instrument-making, game-development, interactive sculpture making, sound-engineering or songwriting, the group cover all areas of artistic development, open to all. Tinderbox music hubs provide interweaving community workshops through a variety of venues, while volunteers work within Sick Kids Hospital and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, providing interactive art-therapy for children with long-term health issues in the form of bed-side performances, songwriting sessions, percussion jam sessions, and songwriting.
We could not be more excited about what Tinderbox have accomplished and the incredible work that they continue to do. Their approach is unique in the way it balances ambitions for high-quality, experimental work with a drive to be genuinely inclusive and foster active and creative participation from everyone involved. Their view is that these ambitions greatly support each other, providing inspiring and powerful learning opportunities that lead to exciting, original work with diverse influences. Inclusivity, accessibility and youth creativity and innovation are vital for the future of music and the development of our up-and-coming music community. We’re very much looking forward to seeing the professional young musicians that will undoubtedly emerge from their endeavours.
Check out their website here for more information if you would like to get involved when they are back up and running.
You can continue to support us and the professional musicians who are struggling right now, by donating what you might usually spend on an entry fee or a drink, or any other amount that you wish. Professional musicians and all hospitality/event staff are facing an incredibly difficult time, having seen months of steady work disappear over-night. Any donations would be extremely appreciated to help us to continue to pay our staff through our closure and support our local event staff community in any way that we can.