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Come and see us in concert!

On 22nd November, 12pm – 2pm, young people from Soundmix music classes will be performing at the Clocktower Cafe in Croydon.

Over the year our students have been learning guitar, keyboard and singing skills at our weekly workshops held at Refugee Council and John Ruskin college.

This event will be an opportunity for them to showcase their new skills performing songs of their choice including group performance and solos.

We are also lucky to have guest performances from the band Pigeon Heroes and acoustic duo Emma and James.

So why not come along, grab a drink and some lunch, and see what Soundmix is all about? We’d love to see you there.

BBC Children in Need funding success

Children in NeedBBC Children in Need have announced that they’ll be funding Soundmix to carry on our music workshops at the Refugee Council for another three years.

The workshops provide group music lessons on guitars, keyboards, and drums, and are an outlet for creativity and self expression for young refugees who are separated from their families.

Many of our young people have experienced trauma of war or persecution, displacement to a new country, language barriers, being in a new culture and loss and separation from family. In the UK they face further barriers of discrimination, poverty, isolation and anxiety of being in the
asylum system and not knowing their future.

Our music workshops enable them to be children first and foremost, playing and focusing on an activity away from their usual anxieties and responsibilities.

The workshops also give the young people self confidence and a sense of self worth, fostering resilience and improved emotional wellbeing. They develop friendship networks and a new sense of family.

Roxane Caplan, Chair of Trustees at Soundmix said

‘We’re thrilled that BBC Children in Need have decided to fund our music workshops for another three years. We know that these classes make a real difference to the young separated refugees we support, giving them a safe space away from their every day worries, and providing an ideal activity for those who find it hard to express themselves in English. Many come with no prior musical knowledge. To discover that they are able to learn to play a musical instrument has profound affects on their self belief, confidence and the sense of what they can achieve. We’re looking forward to supporting many more young people at the Refugee Council over the next 3 years’