Wrexham Music Studio focused on inspiring underprivileged children

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The award-winning music studios will reopen with a new name in new premises and a vision to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people in North Wales.

The old Vic Studios was renamed Wrexham Sounds and moved from Hill Street to Rhosrobin.

A non-profit social enterprise, the studio will offer musical sessions to children from difficult and socially disadvantaged backgrounds, lessons for those who do not have access to school and will offer support and advice to young local talents.

All of this will take place in a renovated facility, supported by a group of volunteers who have guided the organization through the Covid-19 pandemic while structuring a new business model that will secure the future of the organization for many. years to come.

Managing Director Olivia Gallagher

Director Dave Gray said:

“We have been through an incredibly difficult time and have not been able to provide any of our normal services since March of last year due to the pandemic – our revenues have just dried up.

“To survive, we had to make tough financial decisions that impacted the team, as well as change the way we operate to make it more sustainable over the long term, with marketing and fundraising at the heart. of the company and by calling upon independents and partners. to provide all of our services.

“This allows us to provide work opportunities for a wider network of creative talent from Wrexham who can help us fulfill our mission, which is to transform the lives of young people through music.”

At the helm of Wrexham Sounds is Managing Director Olivia Gallagher, who is looking forward to opening doors in September after an 18-month hiatus.

The 25-year-old has a background in marketing and fundraising and is convinced that taking a new direction will prove popular with referral organizations and families in the region and beyond.

“My main task is to rebuild relationships with clients after such a long break, making sure they understand what we have to offer and the benefits of working with us” she said.

“I will also organize independent tutors and volunteers who will be responsible for teaching, coaching and supporting our service users in the future.

“We have children and adolescents referred to us by a range of local agencies, from social services to charities and caregivers, many of whom have little or no access to music-related activities. at school.

“Those we work with in our new facility or elsewhere will be largely vulnerable or from difficult backgrounds. They may have been excluded from education or being taken into care, which could have the potential to make a real difference in their lives, to build their self-confidence, to give them the chance to express themselves, to obtain accreditation and have fun in a safe and welcoming environment.

“And for those who are more interested in music technology, there are sessions on recording, producing, filming and more.”

Olivia added:

“Ultimately, we want to let the people of Wrexham know and everyone who has supported Vic Studios in the past that we are back and passionate about helping children who have felt isolated and alone during the pandemic of. Covid-19 – we are here to serve our community. .

“In addition to the referral sessions, we will also be offering extracurricular music lessons in a range of instruments at all levels, as well as music sessions for toddlers and infants to help fund our social goals. It’s a whole new chapter for us – we can’t wait to get started.

Vic Studios was originally a council-funded project that spanned 10 years, before being rescued from closure in 2016 by a group of volunteers who made significant changes to its services and increased the diversity of its users. – moving from a predominantly male audience to involving more women.

“When we reopen as Wrexham Sounds, our range of services, facilities and audiences will be very different from what it was in 2016” Dave added.

Director Chris Lloyd has said that as restrictions on coronaviruses ease, they will look to increase the volume of musical activity provided to impact as many young people as possible.

“During Covid, we organized over 100 online music sessions, but going forward this is not a feasible option, especially when it comes to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who need help. one-on-one support, ”Chris said.

“We aim to expand the range of lessons, activities and accredited courses that we offer and with the help of partners in business and education and to create opportunities for local children to develop their skills and to gain experience in music technology.

“Our long term goal is to become a source of inspiration; a model project that others will follow so that disadvantaged young people across the country can benefit from the many benefits that music can bring.

Co-director Caroline Richards added:

“This is a transformative project that has been led by the Board of Directors and our partners to illuminate the lives of those who need it most. Through music, fun and learning, we want to make a difference for generations to come – as Wrexham Sounds begins this new chapter, we can.

For more information or to join the Wrexham Sounds team as a tutor or freelance volunteer, visit www.wrexhamsounds.org and follow them on social media at @wrexhamsounds.

NOTES: Wrexham Sounds is supported by Wales Council for Voluntary Action, The Community Fund, Thomas Howells North Wales Educational Fund, Temperance Hall Trust, Wrexham County Borough Council, Yamaha Music Europe, Arts Council Wales, Third Sector Resilience Fund, Moondance Foundation and AVOW .


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