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Picture from a previous Sound on the Street workshop
Picture from a previous Sound on the Street workshop

SONGWRITERS of the future are being given the chance to hone their skills with professional musicians at a new series of local workshops.

Sound on the Street gives 11 to 19-year-olds a weekly forum to develop and practise their own songs and original musical ideas. The workshops also try to break down some of the barriers in popular music, with rappers, MCs and other up-and-coming urban artists urged to share stages with performers from styles such as rock, pop, indie and folk.

The workshops run weekly until March at Tyldesley’s Cadence Cafe CIC and organisers hope to show off the results at venues around Wigan and even at Manchester’s famous Band on the Wall venue.

Project manager Gareth Bibby said: “It’s about exploring the creative side of making music as a group and having fun. For young people who already play instruments it’s a different way of playing than in their school lessons or more formal one-to-one tuition. We’ve got several professional musicians leading the sessions guiding the young people to take ownership of their ideas and their music.”

The workshops were created following a partnership between Manchester Brighter Sound, community interest company Cadence, Wigan Music Service and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT), with Brighter Sound having previously delivered music projects in schools across the borough. They also give young people the chance to learn music production skills such as creating songs and riffs using iPads. The free Sound on the Street sessions run at Cadence Cafe CIC on Wednesdays from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.