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This exciting project (run in conjunction with Connect Housing, Chango Music and Find Your Talent) brings together young people of different ages from all across East Leeds to create a loud, vibrant ‘stomp style’ orchestra.
16 pupils from 5 different high schools and 2 primaries in the East Leeds area have rehearsed on Tuesday evenings to make, thump and dance around old trays, barrels, teapots and saucepans. The result? The amazing and awesome Seacroft Junk Percussion Orchestra.
The sessions have involved young people in a range of activities including basic drumming skills and rhythms, art and craft (making instruments and costumes), performance, dance and circus skills.
Local MC Testament (from the Leeds based hiphop act Homecut) has also run beatboxing sessions with the group. Homecut have recentlycollaborated with Corinne Bailey Rae, Soweto Kinch, US rap legend J-Live, Andreya Triana and the Cinematic Orchestra. Also a member of Schlomo and the Vocal Orchestra, Testament shared his skills with the junk band to help turn their vocal chords into instruments, which will then feature in this summer’s performances.
Seacroft Junk Percussion Orchestra will perform at Bradford Mela on June 12th and 13th, Seacroft Gala on July 3rd and shall play a final show at Seacroft’s Expression Arts Festival on September 25th.