Whilst London’s easing of restrictions was brief this year, Soundmix took full advantage of the window of opportunity by accepting invitations to run in-person sessions by two organisations.
Firstly, the amazing charity Young Roots invited tutors JT and Robbie to run music sessions at their youth club in Croydon. Rhythm games, drumming and group beat creation took place across three sessions, safely socially distanced using inside and outside spaces at St Mary Magdalene with St Martin’s Church in Croydon.
Staff, tutors and participants all were learning to adapt to new ways of working – bigger spaces between chairs, breaks for wiping down instruments, use of face masks… Yet the enthusiasm of everyone to be learning and making music together again meant that even covid adaptations were met with joy and enthusiasm.
A great time was had by all. Thank you very much to Young Roots for making this happen. You can find out more about their dynamic youth work with refugees and asylum seekers here – www.youngroots.org.uk