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White Rose Learning Centre have hosted an exciting summer project for young people aged 9-12, Summer School Musical, which is to be performed to an invited audience at Leeds Grand Theatre’s Howard Assembly Room on Thursday 12th August. Supported by Find Your Talent Summer School Musical was developed with the aim of creating and producing a musical from start to finish in two weeks.

33 performers, supported by 6 peer mentors (age 14-17) have been selected from Seacroft Manston, Morley and Inner North West areas of the city with the aim of introducing young people to the performing arts and to engage them with the heritage of Leeds Grand Theatre.

Summer School Musical was written, created and rehearsed (at the Howard Assembly Room) within eight days – the young performers have written their own music for the show alongside musicians and artists including Danny Gough, Claire Bleasdale and Naomi Parker.

Themed around ‘a journey through time’ the show centres on a group of teenagers who stumble across a derelict house where they find musical relics from the past which transports them through music from the 1960s into the present day.

The project has taken place at various locations including White Rose Learning Centre, BBC Media Centre at Primrose High, and the Derek Fatchett City Learning Centre. A partnership between Education Leeds Study Support, Leeds Grand Theatre and Extended Services, the project has enabled children and young people to work with a range of artists to develop their creative confidence, build new skills and have the opportunity to perform their own work in this prestigious Yorkshire venue.

thackray-medical-museum (copyright rich tea)

FYT was at the Thackray Medical Museum on Friday to attend the first event in the national roll out of Campaign! Make An Impact. The project uses museum and library collections to inspire young people about historical campaigns including the abolition of the slave trade, public health and suffragettes. Using their new skills participants plan and run campaigns about issues which affect them today.

Thackray Medical Museum was part of the original three year pilot project and developed a campaign with young people from Primrose High School using objects from the museum’s public health collection. Harewood House were also a key partner in the pilot phase working with young people from North Yorkshire.

A regional network of museums, libraries and community partners is currently being developed to ensure that the Campaign! Make An Impact model is made accessible to all schools and community groups in Yorkshire.

A new website is due to be launched in the next few weeks but, in the meantime, more information about the project can be found by clicking on the link below:
Campaign! Make An Impact.

What was FYT?

Find Your Talent was a national programme to explore new ways of opening up cultural and creative opportunities to young people. Leeds was one of the ten FYT Pathfinders in England.

The programme was led by Leeds City Council and Education Leeds, working closely together and with the city's cultural and community sectors to find ways for more young people to participate in the cultural life of the city.

FYT was funded to operate between 2008-2011 but its legacy in Leeds continues through activities under the Breeze banner, as well as other initiatives.