New music rehearsal space unveiled in Hastings

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Budding young musicians in Hastings are set to benefit from new state-of-the-art music facilities which were unveiled by music celebrity Feargal Sharkey last Friday.

The Hollington Music Rehearsal Space is a Government-funded project developed by East Sussex County Council and partner organisations including Hastings Borough Council. Its aim is to increase young people's access to music, help them engage with learning and form a thriving musical community in the area.

Based at the Hollington Youth Centre in Hastings, the provision boasts a brand new rehearsal room, a further practice room and a large selection of musical instruments. Through additional funding received from children's charity Youth Music, it will offer a broad range of activities to help develop young people's musical skills.

Led by professional musicians, activities include workshop and taster sessions focusing on different types of music and instruments. Centre users will also benefit from mentoring, have the opportunity to take part in accredited training, attend open rehearsal sessions and develop and record music demos. And the sessions will help prepare them for delivering live performances of their work at other music venues in the town.

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Feargal Sharkey is CEO of UK Music, an umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the UK's commercial music industry. For more information click here.

The new musical rehearsal space at the Hollington Youth Centre was developed by East Sussex County Council with support from Hastings Borough Council, the Greater Hollington Association, national music charity Youth Music and music workshop provider Rhythmix.