The Polyrhythm Team (- Alfie who was busy sorting snacks and me behind the camera)
Planning the future, what we want to accomplish and feeding in the community voice we have listened to over the last few months. A well represented bunch made up of 3 women, 3 male adults and 3 x 16 year old youth. What i would call a ' good mix ' that bring experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the table.
If only half the plans go ahead then i will be really happy but I try not to do things by half so expect some epic stuff to happen over the next year !
The main changes will be seen in the shop where we expand opening hours, start to offer lessons and more workshops + we are working on setting up a School of Rock to run over the winter months.
The continuation of the Jam sessions we help run fortnightly in collaboration with Bodmaxx was a solid yes. The skills and equipment we bring to the rooms makes it a really enjoyable time for the participants and now with setting regular, planned sessions then it should attract more although with encouraging numbers that often hit 20 per session is a real good starting base.
The shared desire to introduce production on the Top Floor is quite exciting but might be funding dependant and as such, a few months away. We shared the belief that the benefit and use of being able to go into small production in the space would help strengthen the needs of the library members after listening to their feed-in.
We should be able to start over the next month with the planned delivery of events and workshops. Make sure you follow us on Facebook as not to miss out on updates.
Over the last few weeks we had chance to run a couple of workshops with The Lighthouse CIC in Liskeard. Clare Bevan who runs the Girls Youth Sessions there asked if we wanted to call up and run some workshops as something different for them to do. Needless to say, we sorted the instruments, got our team of youth to design the activities in the workshops, packed the van and drove up.
Fun was the main theme, closely followed by Riptide.
What was great to see was our team of youth leading the workshop, giving lessons that were easy to understand and to really engage with other young people. The 2 x 2 hour sessions we held there over 2 weeks really were engaging and they found real fun. Playing songs that they knew and liked inspired them to rent instruments for the weeks in-between our visits and to learn more through YouTube and other sources. 8 instruments were loaned out in that time and left us quite surprised.
We ended both sessions with a sing along and again, that for us was a surprise as not planned and great to see that the participants were coming out of their shells and brave enough to give it a go.
They want more and we want to go back as we all had fun and a few actually managed to play and sign along with Riptide.