This Summer I'll be involved with three different children's summer schools in association with Barry's own Billboard Ensemble and Caerphilly-based RecRock. It's such a pleasure to be working with these groups and the kids involved, and definitely puts me through my paces!
For the Billboard Ensemble this'll be their first summer school in their 20 years as a theatre group, which I'll be assisting with alongside the director of the Billboard Ensemble Junior Company (whom I had the pleasure of working with on their most recent production of Disney Junior's "Alice In Wonderland"). We'll be running a week learning songs from great musicals such as Billy Elliot, Matilda and Shrek, focusing on vocal technique, acting skills and all-round stagecraft.
Through RecRock I'll be helping co-ordinate two rock schools; one in Cardiff, the other in Newbridge. These are great oppertunities for kids who've never met to form bands, learn instruments, share tastes and opinions, and have plenty of performing experience (typically two shows a day), while also getting involved in the technical side of recording and live set-up. Past performances have involved Hendrix, Panic! At The Disco, songs written by the performers themselves, and even a Jurassic Park/improvised tea-based-rap mashup.
If you know anyone who might be interested in any of these wonderful events then please get in touch with the relevant ensembles - the Facebook events for them can be found below:
BillBoard Ensemble - Barry (25th - 29th July)
RecRock - Cardiff (22nd - 27th August)
RecRock - Newbridge (15th - 19th August)