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Current Opportunities

Sound Invaders!

Wednesdays (during term time) | 6pm | FREE

Castle School, Taunton TA1 5AU

We’re always on the lookout for young musicians who play wind, brass and percussion join Taunton’s Youth Street Band – Sound Invaders! Rehearsals are starting up again in September, Wednesday’s at 6pm at Castle School. The band made their debut performance at The Sound of the Streets festival 2022 and smashed it! The start of many performances to come. Drop a message to tim@thesoundofthestreets.com for more information.

Past Opportunities

Joining in at the Sound of the Streets Festival | 8th – 10th July

There are lots of opportunities to join in, make music and sing at this year’s Sound of the Streets Festival:

Saturday 9th July

10am | Body Percussion with Ollie Tunmer | Festival Marquee, Goodland Gardens

This is an exciting chance to explore the wonderful world of body percussion with the UK’s leading expert! Ollie is a former STOMP cast member and director of Beat Goes On. Open to all ages.

11am | Family workshop | Festival Marquee, Goodland Gardens

The workshop fun continues with an open session from Ollie and Marcus from the Beat Goes On, Scotland’s innovative music education organisation. Marcus led 12 sousaphones in the ‘River of Hope’ section of the Jubilee Pageant. He and Ollie will lead a music session for everyone including families, using voice, body and percussion.

3.30pm | Street Jam | Festival Marquee, Goodland Gardens

An open session for everyone to join in. You could bring an instrument, use the percussion there, sing, dance or just listen. Led by festival organizer Tim Hill and street band experts Marcus Britton and Ollie Furness.

Sunday 10th july

10.30am | A Joyful Noise, Street Band workshop | Festival Marquee, Goodland Gardens

Come a join a street band! This is the festival slot for people to come together and make a street band for the morning. Anyone can join in, learn some tunes by ear and perform. You can bring an instrument or play the percussion provided and together we will create a band. All lead by the marvellous Marcus Britton from Oi Musica, one of the UK’s leading street band players and educators. 

12 Noon |  The Big Sing | Castle Green.

The Big Sing is a great chance for everyone to come together, sing, dance and celebrate outdoors. Led by the charismatic choir leader and singer Yvette Staelens, along with the band Tongues of Fire the session will include many well-known songs. These include Beatles songs, Bill Withers tunes like Lovely day, Happy and even a bit of Disney! This is something we all need after two years of Covid. Come on and make a lovely big noise! 

 

CPD Day

Tuesday 28th June | 10.00am – 4.30pm | FREE The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL

A day exploring the potential of street bands in education, this CPD session brings together some of the leading practitioners using street music with children and young people.

Street bands are one of the musical wonders of the world and their music has unique potentials in formal and informal education. This is a music that builds musical skills and confidence, is engaging and empowering.

Taunton Youth Street Band

Wednesdays (during term time) | 6pm | FREE

Castle School, Taunton TA1 5AU

We’re always on the lookout for young musicians who play wind, brass and percussion join Taunton’s Youth Street Band! Rehearsals will be starting up again in September, Wednesday’s at 6pm at Castle School. The band made their debut performance at The Sound of the Streets festival 2022 and smashed it! The start of many performances to come. Drop a message to tim@thesoundofthestreets.com for more information.

Guildhall Young Artists Taunton Workshop

Saturday 9th July | AM | FREE

Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton TA1 3DZ

This is an open workshop for young wind, brass and percussion players to work with tutors from the Kinetika Bloco – a London based performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers. An opportunity not to be missed during festival weekend! Save the date and we’ll be adding more details soon.