Last week we, and many schools and young people across Scotland, sang and played Somewhere Over the Rainbow in support of the NHS and all our amazing key workers! #wmmrainbow!
Youth and Community
We are continuing to run a number of youth clubs, orchestra rehearsals and other creative workshops online. We’re doing our best to keep in touch with everyone and to keep our wonderful community of young people and musicians together at this challenging time.
Tinderbox Tuesday Hub Online: Our weekly music youth club, usually held at North Edinburgh Arts. We have been getting together every week to share solo performances, DJ, sing, dance and generally keep in touch and have some fun.
Tinderbox Orchestra Online Experiments: The Orchestra have been continuing to gather every Sunday afternoon and experiment with how to play / make music in big groups online – we hope to have something to show you soon!
Tinderbox Lab – Virtual Studio Wednesdays: A group of artists involved in the Tinderbox Lab have been gathering for skills-sharing sessions and to keep each other motivated and making new work.
Tinderbox Saturday Music School: A brand new project! – we are running online music lessons in small groups for a range of instruments, singing and song-writing.
Sounds & Sights of Isolation: A callout for creative responses to the current situation – poems, music, artwork, songs and other ideas. We are gathering these from people as individual expressions, and hope to make some collaborative artworks out of them.
Tinderbox ‘Hangouts’ & Skills-sharing sessions – Online sessions led by and organised for young people in Tinderbox. They have involved open-mics, musical editing and arrangement sessions, drawing sessions and Quiznights!
Online Gigs: We are looking to put a gig on soon with some of our collaborators and young musicians – stay tuned!
Guides & Resources
We have also put together a couple of guides & resources for others in case they might be useful:
- Guide to Online Music & Youth Work using Zoom
- Links to Financial Resources for Freelancers, artists/musicians and people on low income or out of work.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of the above please email email@example.com.
Another term of the Tuesday Hub at North Edinburgh Arts is in full swing! Now in its 6th year, the Hub brings together young people aged 10-18 with a team of tutors for the opportunity to try learning instruments, singing, song-writing, rapping… and sometimes even dancing!
This term we’ve been working on some great songs – Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi, Thunder by Imagine Dragons and I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston. It’s been fantastic to see so much enthusiasm and talent, both from our regulars and from those who have come for the first time this term. Some highlights include:
- Rhys, Sarah, Claire and Megan forming a tutor band to perform a jazzed up version of Umbrella by Rihanna.
- A crowd of 10 young people spontaneously jumping to the stage to dance along to Mark* singing Giant by Calvin Harris.
- Our volunteer Matthew helping participants try out vocal sampling on the iPad and performing with this in the song Thunder.
- The bass guitar section showing off having learnt to play the Thomas the Tank Engine theme.
Here’s to many more musical adventures to be had before our end of term performance on 31st March at North Edinburgh Arts. Bring it on!
The Hub runs from 6-8pm at North Edinburgh Arts in Muirhouse on Tuesdays during term time. All 10-18 years are welcome to drop in, regardless of musical experience. Come along and join the fun! – Jenny, Tinderbox Hub Lead Tutor.
“What an experience it was to visit the Scottish Parliament for the Universities Scotland event to showcase the ways in which univerisies around Scotland are engaging with their local communities. We were invited by the Edinburgh University Local fund to talk about the projects that they have supported us to deliver; our Tuesday Hub and our new Digital Workshops series. For most of us it was our first visit to the Parliament and a very memorable experience. We had a good chat with the Cabinet Secretary Kate Forbes and also the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney. Hoping they’ll both be down to the Tuesday Hub sometime to join in with the open stage. We were also shown around the chamber by the Rector of University Of Edinburgh, Ann Henderson. It was fascinating to hear about all the meaning behind the details of the design of the chamber and to see Ann’s passion for democracy and education and her encouragement for us to make the most of the opportunities we have.” – Jed Milroy
Jed, Luci & Elek have been working alongside the young people at Howdenhall and getting creative is all sorts of ways!
Luci has been working with the ‘Springimajig’ (home made touch synthesizer). They are also building their own synths & designing their own platform game.
Jed has been helping them to compose a piece for the orchestra using the ‘Medley’ app. Pupils have also been producing their own tracks using the ‘Launchpad’ app – styles ranging from drum & bass to deep house.
Elek has been writing rap with them. Themes include: food, football, differences between Scotland & America and modern-day youth/gang culture. Next week they will unite music and lyrics & modify where necessary!
Thanks to Howdenhall staff who are always so welcoming & helpful, and the Howdenhall young people – creating a terrific variety of music & lyrics & expressing their individuality!
During the October break Jed, Sam, Niki, and Rob went along to play some tunes for the happy smiling faces at the multicultural family base autumn ceilidh. It was great to have such a decent turnout and possibly the youngest audience and most rounds of musical chairs, statues, and bumps that we’ve ever played for!
Amazing Harmonies is a community music group for children (generally aged 5-15) in North Edinburgh born out of the adult community singing group of the same name. Twice a month the group has been gathering to learn instruments and to prepare a dazzling performance for their upcoming Christmas concert at North Edinburgh Arts on Thurs 19th December. The children are in no way lacking in enthusiasm and determination to learn – and we have been having fun both with music and with games!
– Christy Ringrose, Lead Tutor
We’ve spent the last few weeks hanging out at Granton Youth Club making some music and teaching instruments. It’s great to see that a lot of the participants are keen to get involved with being creative, wether that means writing a song about Lidl (which did happen!), singing their favourite song with a tutor accompanying them or just listening to music whilst they do some arts and crafts. We’ve even had a couple of GYC participants coming to the Tue hub at North Edinburgh Arts, which is amazing!
We’re very much looking forward to the next session!
– Rhys Gilchrist, Guitar Tutor
Over the October break we help two drop in demo sessions with a bunch of the instruments at the Muirhouse Instrument Library. We had lots of young people trying out trumpets, guitars, keyboards, clarinets, violins, saxophones, and accordion!
At the moment we’re working on building up our stock of instruments at the library and are looking for musical instrument donations.
If you would like to donate an instrument to the Muirhouse Instrument Library please get in touch with us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“And so we’ve reached the end of Tinderbox Sparks for this year. It’s been a group who have lived up to the name. Full of ideas and creativity. Wild improvisations and a very unusual group composition about a flying pig who saves us all. Check out this video of the ensemble playing ‘Rather Be’.” – Jed (Tinderbox Manager)