Starting the 16th of February through until the 20th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, The Bunker will be hosting a Rock School for young people aged 8-13 during the half-term. The course aims to provide young people with new opportunities: a chance to make new friends via the power of music, and the chance to receive musical tuition, enhance abilities, and perhaps even form bands of their own.
The week begins with ‘Back to Basics’ – an introduction to the course, and an evaluation of where abilities currently are. The participants get hands-on and learn about the basics of the instruments they choose.
Then, it’s ‘Bang Your Own Drum’. This is a djembe drum session in which everyone will come together and develop their musical abilities whilst forming a bond with other young people. This will continue into Wednesday where there will be a particular focus on band dynamics, furthering their knowledge.
Thursday and Friday are dedicated to writing and recording a song together. Games will be used to, again, continue to form bonds, keep the course fun but also to help with the song writing process. Eventually, the young people will record their song and leave with a copy of it to take home with them.
Liam Huitson, Music Business Co-ordinator at the Bunker added:
‘I think this will be a great opportunity for young people to get together and have a go at something they might not have tried before. There are endless possibilities to what you can do with music, and hopefully these young people can achieve something wonderful.’
For more information on how to book a placement or to simply find out more, contact us:
Tel. 0191 567 1777
As part of a scheme aimed towards NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), The Bunker will be working with Rebecca Whitworth in order to both develop her own skills and give her the experience of being in a working environment. The funding has been provided through a pilot project with Sunderland City Council to offer such work placements to help reduce the number of NEETs in the local area.
Rebecca provided some insight into what will be going on whilst she is at The Bunker:
‘For the three months that I will be here, I’ll be helping to plan a project for the elderly. Hopefully, as I have worked with Age UK previously, I’ll be able to make good judgements as to what will and won’t be suitable for such a workshop or project.’
‘It’ll certainly benefit the people this is catered for, because it will give them a chance to sit down with their families, enjoy themselves, and maybe learn something new. It’s going to benefit me too! I’ll be able to apply the knowledge I already have, learn something new in the process.’
Thank you to all who attended the Christmas Fundraiser that we hosted at Sunderland Minster last week! We hope that everyone had a nice time at the event, as we certainly did.
For those of you who did not attend, we had a wide variety of activities and performances throughout the night – including performances from Blind Buffalo and Trevor Sewell who were kind enough to lend their musicality to us for free (obviously for a good cause ;)). They did a very good job of entertaining the families/friends who were happy to help us with raising some much needed funds, so thanks again! All in all, it was a fun event which was as much of an experience as it was a learning process – not only for us, but the apprentices too.
THEREFORE, IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS, BEHOLD:
On the 28th of November, The Bunker will be hosting a fundraising event at the Minister in Sunderland. It will be an excellent way to start the weekend going into December, entering the festive season with a range of entertainment – various performances from local artists, a range of activities suited for families, and even a special appearance from The Bunker’s very own talented Singing Club.
The Bunker is well-known for its work within local communities, providing workshops for a wide variety of people of all ages and abilities. Now, through funding from Community First, these workshops will be traveling across the waters to the citizens of Southwick.