Popular community theatre, The Seagull, has launched a new programme of free music workshops for young people in Lowestoft. Working in partnership with the Youth Music Foundation, The Seagull will deliver 15 workshops throughout the rest of this year. The workshops will be themed around the concept of “Origins” and will be designed to encourage and support young creatives in the town to explore music in all its forms. The Theatre has set up a Youth Board of local young people who have chosen the theme and designed the workshops based on what they feel their peers would enjoy.
The programme of workshops kicks off online on the 21st March with “Origins of a Performance” This two hour free session will cover many of the basics of setting up and delivering a top quality performance. Topics will include: how to set up a microphone, developing a stage presence and how to preserve and protect your voice. Later in the season there will be workshops on developing dance routines for specific music tracks; creating your own composition and looking at the origins of different music trends through the years.
As the pandemic restrictions ease, the Seagull is keen to move these workshops into real life and is planning more workshops based on popular musical theatre shows where young people will get the chance to work alongside established professionals to learn popular routines and hopefully share a small performance with their friends and family.
More information about all of the Origins project and the upcoming workshops can be found on the Seagull website or from their active Facebook group.
Seagull Manager, Karen Read said,
‘This pandemic has been a really difficult time for the town’s young people, and as we emerge back to some form of normality, we really wanted a chance to support them in their creativity. There is going to be a lot of pressure on young people to “catch up” in the coming months – so we wanted to make sure that creativity and cultural life did not get overlooked. We are fortunate to have a positive relationship with the Youth Music Foundation who have provided the resources to allow us to offer these workshops free of charge to any young person in the town. Anyone from the age of 12 to 25 can take part in any of the workshops and just needs to check out our website or Facebook to get the online invite.’