Feel That Rhythm

This autumn, we have been working with Young Music Makers on Feel That Rhythm, an exciting jazz dance and music project commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The summer of 1945 was one of celebration. All over the country, communities came together on VE (Victory in Europe) Day to mark the moment with street parties and dances, but it was also a period of contemplation. Whilst many rejoiced at the prospect of peace, years of air raids, rationing, hunger and displacement had been hard. During this project, we have taken inspiration from blue plaques commemorating Jazz musicians, dancers and singers who lived through the Second World War, such as Ronnie Scott and Elisabeth Welch. Through following in the footsteps of these trailblazers, and creating their own solo and ensemble artistic responses, Young Music Makers are considering how the implications of the end of WW2 are reflected in society, heritage and history today.

Socially distanced music practice

“This project enabled [us] to look at heritage in the wider context of WW2 and community. These young people committed to two days out in the sun, and they were creative and supportive of each other…  I applaud every young person who took the risk and got involved in this project”

Alison – Creative Facilitator

Young Music Makers is is a Saturday music centre for the whole family that believes in inclusive access to music education for all. In operation since 1967, the school boasts 39 different ensembles and has a strong focus on performance.