Young people write new anthem celebrating our 30th year
Posted by More Music on 20 November 2023
At the start of the year young people from across the More Music youth programme were given the challenge of writing a new anthem to celebrate the charity’s 30th birthday.
Using themes of hope, the future and sense of place as well as reflecting on what More Music means to them, young people came up with many ideas, words and phrases that became the lyrics for the track. Meanwhile, bands shared chord progressions and developed hooks and melodies, which formed the structure of the song.
We spent the spring term bringing ideas together in sessions and the song began to take shape. Bay Youth Voices, More Music’s vocal group for 6 – 11 year olds, wrote a rap section, young musicians from the Stages project learnt how to play the track live, vocalists from LYVE (Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble) worked on the harmonies and vocal arrangements and in no time everyone in the office was singing the chorus!
Once the song was fully formed, a group of the young musicians and vocalists recorded the track at Lancaster & Morecambe College’s excellent studio facilities. This great opportunity gave young people as young as 7 years old their first experience in a professional environment. Everyone had a wonderful time hanging out in the studio and the track sounded great.
During the summer, local film maker and director Daniel Brereton, who has made music videos of bands such as Metronomy and the Vaccines, worked with young people to story board a video to accompany the track. This was an incredible opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at how to produce and direct a music video and an insight into a fascinating career path.
Once the storyboard and shot list were complete, the performers were cast and the team went on location with Daniel in and around More Music and Morecambe for a brilliant day of filming.
A highlight of the day was filming on location at the skate park with a full band set up and skateboarders!
The final result is a wonderful video and track created by the young people who come to More Music’s youth programme, which includes projects for people from aged 8-25; Bay Youth Voices, Stages, More Media Collective, Stages Vocal Night and Sing it Out.
Supported by our team of professional musicians, music leaders and industry professionals this project was made possible by our funders.