Students get jamming

Musician Jamie Young (left) at Cramlington Volunteer Youth Project  teaching  Lexi Heron (centre) and Volunteer Elliot  James Fail (tright) thanks to a �75,000 award from Helix Arts to pay for young people to have musicial tuition.
Musician Jamie Young (left) at Cramlington Volunteer Youth Project teaching Lexi Heron (centre) and Volunteer Elliot James Fail (tright) thanks to a �75,000 award from Helix Arts to pay for young people to have musicial tuition.

A group of young musicians are jamming together with help from a Newcastle charity.

Jamming is a new online craze, and a group of Cramlington young people will be learning all about it from some of the region’s finest digital musicians.

Musician Jamie Young (centre) teaching kids at Cramlington Volunteer Youth Project (left to right) Lexi Heron, Elliot James Fail (volunteer), Connor Neven and Rhiannon Shiever thanks to a �75,000 award from Helix Arts  to pay for young people to have musicial tuition.

Musician Jamie Young (centre) teaching kids at Cramlington Volunteer Youth Project (left to right) Lexi Heron, Elliot James Fail (volunteer), Connor Neven and Rhiannon Shiever thanks to a �75,000 award from Helix Arts to pay for young people to have musicial tuition.

Helix Arts in Newcastle has just won a £75,000 grant to provide professional music tuition to 200 teenagers.

The Newcastle-based charity has a reputation for using music and the arts to build the confidence and aspirations of vulnerable young people – youngsters who are perhaps in care, are carers themselves, are living with a disability, or living in poverty.

Catherine Hearne, Helix Arts’ chief executive, said: “The idea is that the young people will soon be capable of playing or singing online with other young people in the region and on youth radio stations.

“We often work with young people who feel lost, who believe they have no talent at all. To find out that they are actually good at something can be life changing for them.

“If they are keen, there is no reason why this shouldn’t be the start of something much bigger for them – perhaps even a way into the music business.”

Helix Arts is working together with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Service, and Northumberland Targeted Adolescent Service to run the project.

For more information visit www.helixarts.com