March 2011 saw the incredible Teenage Cancer Trust concerts return to the Hall. For the past 7 years Learning & Participation have worked in partnership with TCT to give teenagers from specialist units around the UK a unique experience.
Each day during the TCT week 25 teenagers come to the Hall to take part in a rock & pop song writing workshop. Led by Tom Gray, a team of professional musicians and supported by students from the Royal College of Music, these workshops give participants the chance to work creatively and compose their own songs in the style of whichever band is appearing in that evening’s concert. A selection of guitars, keyboards and drums are generously donated by Yamaha and the teenagers get the opportunity to perform their song at the end of the day before going to watch the main TCT concert.
This project was generously supported by The Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust.
Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. TCT achieves its goals through a number of initiatives, all dependent on private fundraising efforts that range from high profile concerts and sponsored treks to local community events and personal charitable giving.
Find out more at teenagecancertrust.org
Royal College of Music
Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music enjoys a reputation as one of the world's leading conservatoires, providing specialised musical education and professional training at the highest international level for performers, conductors and composers. RCM Sparks is the Royal College of Music's groundbreaking Learning and Participation programme. It provides opportunities for everyone to make or learn about music at the RCM.
Find out more at rcm.ac.uk
The Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust
The Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust funds small projects that directly make a real difference to the lives of young people.
Funds raised for The Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust will not be wasted on bureaucracy, and every penny will go straight to where it is needed. Thus donations to large campaigns will be avoided, and the trustees aim to give their time to run the trust free of charge and covering costs themselves.
The trust was set up in 2003 in memory of sisters Eloise and Katie Plunkett who both died from cancer before they were 30.
Find out more at eloiseandkatie.com