Supporting Bath Philharmonia Creative Learning Team

With support from The Arts Society Bath, Bath Philharmonia’s Creative Learning Team delivered 6 days of open-access creative music and art workshops for over 30 Young Carers from Wiltshire and B&NES that lead to a performance in Bath Abbey as part of The Bath Festival’s Party in the City.

Bath Philharmonia are a professional orchestra based in the city of Bath that believe in making orchestral music accessible to as many people as possible. The project had a significant impact on the musical and artistic skills of the young carers (a young carer is a young person aged 5-19 who has a significant caring responsibility for a sibling, parent or grandparent.)

“I really enjoy how we now use art to enhance the performances and this encourages creativity and enables the Young Carers to express their feelings through art as well as music.” Lynn, Young Carer Worker

The Young Carers had great fun sketching, painting, sculpting and generally being inspired by lots of imaginative ideas based on the artwork of Nick Sharratt and Stephen McMennamy.

Participants gained great confidence from rising to the challenge of the big performance opportunity at the end of the project. The Young Carers performed the songs and music that they had created alongside members of Bath Philharmonia and Bath Community Gospel Choir. Their artwork was animated and these videos provided a performance backdrop.

“I loved watching the Young Carers develop throughout the project, from being quiet, reserved and apprehensive, to being chatty, sharing ideas, talking about their caring roles in front of the group and gaining the confidence to perform the way they do in front of a packed Bath Abbey.” Niki, Young Carer Worker

As well as rehearsing the pieces to a high standard, the Young Carers were given training in performance etiquette and encouraged to wear their best stage gear. Performing in front of an audience using both the musical and performance skills they'd learned and then receive great applause from the audience helped them feel incredibly positive.

“I think this is one of the best projects we have, it has changed some of our YC’s futures; it is so much more than just a music and art project.” Sharon, Young Carer Worker

In addition to support from The Art Society Bath, The project was made possible with funding from Wiltshire Music Connect, B&NES Music Hub, The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust, The Ray Harris Charitable Trust, Youth Action Wiltshire and Friends of B&NES Carers’ Centre.