Internationally acclaimed human beatboxer and World Loopstation Champion Shlomo joined a group of talented musicians from Staffordshire-based music charity Make Some Noise recently to share some of his amazing vocal pyrotechnics.

The workshop which was held at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme was organised by Appetite, an Arts Council funded programme which aims to get more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts.  This forms part of a partnership between Appetite and Make Some Noise who are both seeking to work further with Shlomo to develop a joint project using singing, beat boxing and technology in Stoke-on-Trent.

The workshop provided the musicians with the opportunity to learn some top beat boxing skills and techniques from Shlomo which they can use to develop through their own work.  Shlomo has worked  with some of the biggest names in music, including Bjork, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Martha Wainwright and The Specials to name but a few.

The musicians who also work on projects for Make Some Noise, delivering a wide range of music making opportunities for children and young people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, many from disadvantaged backgrounds also provided invaluable feedback from the day, which will be used to help develop a vision for the new arts project.

Shlomo said: “The workshop has been really good.   I didn’t know what to expect on the day but I am impressed as how everyone was keen to work with the technology and embraced it, so I decided to just run with it, keeping things open to see what the musicians wanted to do.”

Melodie Forrester, a musician from Stoke-on-Trent said: “This has been one of the best things I’ve done, I’m really inspired and excited.  It has shown me that simply by using the voice to make a sound you can do this.  You don’t have to know music, or be a great vocalist you can develop to your own strengths. I feel confident having learnt the basic beat boxing techniques, which has shown me how practically and realistically I could bring these into my own work.”

This programme of activity forms part of the Enriching Futures project, which has been funded with thanks to a Musical Inclusion Grant, from the National Foundation Youth Music. Enriching Futures is working closely with special schools across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to introduce, and support teachers, in using assistive music technology to utilise alongside their own practice.

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