We were delighted to welcome so many past and present, friends and colleagues to our special event to mark our 15th Birthday recently.

Those attending enjoyed seeing a range of Make Some Noise projects in action.  These included:  Fantastic live performances from young musicians Emily Lockett, aged 16 from Biddulph and Nath Brooks, aged 17 from Tamworth from the highly successful Positive Labels project which aims to help young musicians develop and enhance their skills in song writing, musicianship, performance and promotion.  This was followed by a performance from pupils from Two Rivers High School in Tamworth who gave a brilliant rendition of a popular Ed Sheeran hit amongst their own composition.  This was an excellent example of a well-established relationship between the school and Make Some Noise as part of the Level Up project which seeks to increase opportunities and raise aspirations for group music making for young people with special educational needs.   Make Some Noise professional musicians and Music Leaders Jonny Amos, Meldra Guza  and  James Stanley highlighted some of their recent work with military families in Stafford and Lichfield, as part of the Connect Create project which seeks to integrate forces and civilian communities living in Staffordshire, using music to engage young people in discussion around certain issues affecting them and to share their experiences. Ever thought you can make a tune out of a piece of fruit? Well you can! As Make Some Noise Programme Development Officer John Simmonds and Make Some Noise musician James Stanley demonstrated using technology to showcase the fun and innovative Hackestra Project.

Cat Crum, Programme Development Officer for Make Some Noise said: “Our 15th birthday party was a great success! It was wonderful to welcome so many of our young people, friends and colleagues both old and new.  We look forward to many more years of being able to provide further inspirational music making opportunities for children and young people locally”.

For anyone who would like to find out more about Make Some Noise, our  work or simply would like to support us to help them continue to provide amazing music making opportunities to help disadvantaged children and young people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, please get in touch.