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We Can Play is a project that brings together a group of 20 talented young musicians between the ages of 11 and 17 from across Liverpool and the neighbouring boroughs (Knowsley, Halton, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral). The aim of the project is to give young people the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and styles that will go towards the development of a new piece of music to be performed by the group at an exciting location during Flux Liverpool – A pioneering arts festival engineered by young people. Created for everyone.

So far the group has had the opportunity to explore a wide range of music genres and to develop their skills in a series of workshops and discussions led by composer Bill Connor and Louise hough from Resonate music education hub. There has also been visits from a series of invited professionals including composer Nigel Clarke and Musician Paul Duffy. The group are taking their bronze Arts Award as part of the project and recently visited a performance at The Bluecoat entitled IMMIX; a music ensemble developed as part of a Metal Time & Space residency by composer Daniel Thorne.

On Saturday 26 April the session was led by composer Nigel Clarke. The group heard from Nigel about his experiences writing music for film. Then the group performed an improvised score to a series of short clips from films, taking into consideration the mood and narrative of the images. Examples of what they achieved can be seen below. Visit Nigel Clarke’s website here: http://www.nigel-clarke.co.uk

MVI 8844 from Metalculture on Vimeo.

MVI 8843 from Metalculture on Vimeo.