Young carers show their musical talent

First published in Entertainments by , Head of Sport

YOUNG carers from across Wiltshire performed a superheroes- themed concert as part of Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Listen To Us 2, a group of disadvantaged people aged eight to 17, provided the audience at Salisbury Arts Centre with a packed hour of creatively-written songs.

The children on stage, who have all cared for someone in their family, also showcased a variety of superheroes’ artwork, which appeared on a screen during the entire performance.

Accompanying the carers on Wednesday, in conjunction with the two-year music project, were musicians from Bath Philharmonia, Bath Spa University and Wiltshire College.

“The reason for the theme of the show is because everyone on stage is a superhero,” said Jason Thornton, project leader for Bath Philharmonia.

“They’ve have all achieved so much in such a short space of time.”

Youth Action Wiltshire, a group that specialises in supporting disadvantaged young people, has been working with the group for five years.

In that time, they have run a series of music workshops designed to help the carers’ social development and allow them to explore their creativity through music.

“It was absolutely brilliant,”

said young carers support worker Sharon Worby.

“I was very pleased with it and the audience enjoyed it as well.

They all like to be very creative and you find out a lot about some of the hidden talents they have.

“A lot of hard work went into the preparation.”

Apart from appearing at the Arts Festival in Salisbury three times, they’ve also performed at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham and the Calne Festival, and have more upcoming concerts.

In 2012, Bath Philharmonia, in partnership with Wiltshire Young Carers, was awarded £75,580 by Youth Music to deliver a series of creative music making projects to young Wiltshire carers.

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