John Ruskin College
Soundmix worked with John Ruskin College in Croydon between 2011 and 2015.
John Ruskin College in Croydon has a high proportion young refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants among their students. The extra-curricular music classes run by Soundmix at the college between 2011 and 2015 helped the young people express themselves and deal with the stress and anxiety that many young unaccompanied refugees feel.
The project was funded by The Woodward Charitable Trust and The Hilden Charitable Trust. Soundmix ran one session a week, teaching the young people instrumental skills (keyboards, guitar, or drums) or singing skills. The young people gave fantastic performances at a special concert for Refugee Week.
Band sessions were an extension project following our regular open sessions at the Refugee Council. We took a small group of regular attendees to a local rehearsal studio to experience using amplified instruments in a different environment.