It is one month until Somerset Summit – a participatory music event aimed at vulnerable young people working in Pupil Referral Units (PRU) and other settings.

Take Art and Actiontrack Performance Company have been successfully delivering the music workshop programme My Tunes since 2012, working in ten Somerset PRU settings across the county, as well as with vulnerable young adults and Looked After Children.

The Somerset Summit aims to share the success and experiences of My Tunes with other people working in the area, combining ideas and best practice, and practical sessions with professional presentations. The intention is to come up with ideas to further support this vital work both in Somerset and across the UK.

The event will involve talks from a variety of people and organisations, including:

  • Tamsin Mendelsohn, Relationship Manager, Music Education Hubs, ACE, on music hubs and the role of working with vulnerable young people
  • Zoe Kilb, Grants & Learning Officer, Youth Music, on research findings, impact and priority areas relating to vulnerable young people at risk
  • Nick Brace, Artistic Director & Music Leader, Actiontrack, on relevance and effectiveness of working through music with young people

And many other fantastic speakers, including students telling their own personal stories.

The event will also feature practical sessions from Actiontrack, Rhythmix, and Cymaz, involving using instruments and songwriting as points for taster and initial sessions, introductions to technology and techniques used to engage young people, and a hands-on experience with Taiko drums.

The event is free of charge to Somerset practitioners, and £30 for all other attendees, including lunch, and is taking place on Friday 24th November, Monks Yard, Ilminster, Somerset. To book your place, email Ruth Copping This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01460 249450.

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