Local children and young people showcase their musical talents at summer holiday band camp

A group of local children recently entertained their friends and family with an original musical performance after attending BandCamp 2019 at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill Campus organised by The BIG Project, with support from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative and BBC Children in Need.

Around 30 children and young people, who all live in and around the Broomhouse area of Edinburgh, arrived at the Music Box for a week of activities where they were split into groups and taught by professional songwriters and musicians the basic skills required to compose their own music. The children and young people then spent the rest of the week in different groups writing new material and practising ahead of their end-of-week performance.

The BIG Project supports children and young people aged 5-18 to learn, achieve, have fun and feel good about themselves. The organisation delivers ongoing, long-term support to help young people overcome barriers and secure a positive future. Activities range from sports, art & crafts, music, games and more.

The Music Box at the College’s Sighthill Campus is a state-of-the-art, music and performing arts centre which is open to students, musicians, performers and local community groups.

The BIG Project Managing Director, Sascha Macleod, said:  We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Edinburgh College and I would like to thank them for their generosity in sharing their music facilities with The BIG Project. Their support for our BandCamp initiative has enabled local children and young people to access purpose-built facilities and equipment with immediate benefit. In addition, having spent a week here they are now comfortable in this space, have more awareness of what Edinburgh College offers and this campus is now firmly on their radar.

Edinburgh College vice principal Jon Buglass said: “We are very proud to have the opportunity to partner The BIG Project and host this year’s BandCamp. I know the group have been working hard all week for the opportunity to showcase their musical talents in front of all their friends and family, and they should be very proud of themselves – it was a spectacular way to finish off what has been a fantastic week.”

Joanna Cherry QC MP for Edinburgh South West, who attended the end-of-week show said: “I am a great fan of the Big Project and it was very inspiring to be in the audience today to hear such talented young people. It was amazing that the show was full of original songs all written and performed by young people from South West Edinburgh”

Click here to find out more about The Big Project.