- September 10, 2018
Calling musicians and singers aged 10-25! Brighton Dome is hosting a special fundraising event for encore and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, supporting the next generation of musical talent in Brighton & Hove. Musicians and singers aged 10-25 will need to register before Mon 17 Sep to take part in the Music Marathon (Sat 17 Nov): performers will be free to play or sing whatever they like… as long as it’s suitable for a family audience!
Over 4,000 young people of all abilities are taught by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) each week in every Brighton & Hove school, and encore is the fundraising network for all the young musicians supported by BHMA. Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival united with BHMA in July 2017, and together they provide music and arts education, performance and touring opportunities for children and young people city-wide.
Bec Britain, Project Manager for Music Marathon, describes the event as “fast, furious and entertaining!”:
“There’s a powerful message in young musicians and singers who’ve received support publicly fundraising to ensure the next generation can have the same opportunities.
“Anyone aged between 10-25 who is confident to perform in front of an audience for 5 or 10 minutes can register. We want this event to be accessible to musicians, singers and music producers and will welcome any genre, so performers can be solo or part of a group and acoustic or amplified (as long as they can plug into a basic backline and play with no sound check!). For performers, this is a great opportunity to play or sing at Brighton Dome (after all, you never know who’s watching) and to be involved in what we hope will be a really dynamic event.
A fast-paced, exciting and surprising musical mix
“Our 8-hour marathon is made up of lots of performers each playing short slots back to back. The idea is that they are literally queuing up to perform and handing straight from one to the next. It should create a fast-paced, exciting and surprising musical mix.”
BIMM Brighton are sponsoring and supporting the event: “For 17 years BIMM Brighton have been dedicated to helping talented young musicians from the local area prepare for a long and sustainable career in music. We are proud to support the Brighton Dome Music Marathon and the next generation of musical talent in Brighton & Hove.”
The Music Marathon funds will provide support for:
• The Hardship Fund for young musicians who could not otherwise afford to be involved in music making and lessons. This includes attending orchestras, ensembles and going on tour.
• Orchestra 360, an inclusive ensemble with specialist teaching, adapted instruments and performance opportunities.
• Master-Classes offering talented young musicians individual tuition that could make all the difference to their future career.
• Specialist instruments purchase and maintained for all BHMA ensembles.
• SPECTRUM music events, nurturing local music talent and providing affordable concerts in a professional setting.
• Bespoke creative learning projects working with young musicians.
SPECTRUM, Brighton Dome’s music project dedicated to nurturing and cultivating Brighton’s vibrant music scene (supported by The Pebble Trust and GM Building) will also be represented on the day, as musicians who have performed at previous SPECTRUM concerts will be returning to Brighton Dome to take part in the Music Marathon themselves.
Music Marathon is supported by The Pebble Trust and BIMM Brighton.
Music Marathon is on Sat 17 Nov, 10am-6pm at Brighton Dome Foyer
If you want to register to perform, find out more or get involved, go to brightondome.org/musicmarathon
To read more about Music Marathon, Bec Britain’s full interview can be read at brightondome.org/news_blog/music_marathon
Performer registration closes Mon 17 Sep