21 February 2014

Festival of young musical talent at Corn Exchange

The best of young musical talent in Brighton & Hove will perform a diverse range of styles and sounds from classical, alternative, jazz and hip hop as part of a one night festival celebrating the city’s award winning music education hub SoundCity.

The event aims to showcase original talent of Brighton & Hove and feature a series of creative collaborations that celebrate the best of the city’s young music-making.

Following the success of the SoundCity launch party in March last year, Sound City 2 has been scheduled for Saturday 1 March 2014 at the Corn Exchange, Brighton.

Last year’s event involved over 120 performers from 14 different SoundCity partners who performed to an audience of over 300. The show was also live-streamed with help from City College and Brighton Dome (and is still available to watch at http://www.bhma.org.uk/#!launch-party/ctq1 ).

The event organisers are keen to represent the diverse nature of partners to SoundCity and have invited partners to nominate choirs and vocal groups, bands, world music groups, MCs, jazz bands, solo artists, drumming groups, chamber groups – or any other musical collaboration.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Music Industry Panel which includes industry experts, senior leaders from SoundCity and their partner organisations and young people. This group will give feedback to each nominated act to support the young people and their musical journey and to ensure the event comes together into a special, celebratory night.

Cllr Sue Shanks, Chair of the Children & Young People Committee, said:

“After the success of last years SoundCity, this year’s event is an exciting way to celebrate the musicians of now and the exceptional talent forged in the city’s schools, studios and bedrooms.

“Brighton & Hove has a fantastic track record of nurturing a diverse range of musical talent across all genres and events such SoundCity only serve to strengthen the city’s credentials.

“With such an ambitious line-up, range of styles along with collaborations, the Corn Exchange will be transformed into a festival of young Brighton & Hove music talent for one night only.”

Kevin Grist, South East Relationship Manager for Music Hubs at Arts Council England, said:

“Music Education Hubs are about encouraging a more diverse music education offer for children and young people and nurturing musical talent. “SoundCity’s vision resonates strongly for us as we believe that access to the arts and culture has a profound impact on young people’s educational development and future job prospects.”

The show will start 7.30pm and doors open 7pm.