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March 2020

Our Band – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Call-out

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Our friends at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (check them out here) are seeking a young musician (under 25 years) with additional needs from Southampton to join them on their exciting creative project – Our Band.


What is it? – Our Band is a two- year programme of work 2020 – 2021 in Plymouth, Wiltshire, Southampton, London and Norfolk in special needs and mainstream settings in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).

What will we be doing? – we will be creating ensembles in each setting with young people ranging from primary to secondary students to young adults together with players from the OAE. We will compose and perform music together including our new community opera The Moon Hares in July 2020 in London and King’s Lynn and in other events in Wilts, Southampton and Plymouth in Summer 2020 which will be followed by all groups being involved in a special needs festival entitled Transformations in Summer 2021.

Would you like to join us? – are you a young musician (under 25) with additional needs from Southampton who would like to join our team to be part of this creative process? We are looking for someone who would like to develop their own skills through mentoring by the OAE and Southampton teams and help us to nurture the groups we work with.

When are the sessions? – the sessions will be taking place on between March-July 2020 in Year 1 and from September 2020 to July 2021 in Year 2.

Will I be paid? – you will be paid £100 for each full day and £50 for each evening session or half day plus help with travel costs and a chaperone where needed. There is also an opportunity for the Young Artist to receive some  lessons to support their development.

What skills do I need? – we’re looking for someone who is an artist – this can be a singer, an instrumentalist or an artist of any kind but someone who is keen to get stuck in, be personable and ready for anything!

For more information or to register an interest please contact 


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Coronavirus COVID-19

Update – School Closures

18th March 5pm –  the Government has announced that schools in England will close from Friday 20th until further notice. The children of key workers, and children who are vulnerable, will be able to stay in school settings.

SoCo will be in conversation with Local Authorities exploring how we may be able to support young people both in and out of school settings during this unprecedented time. We will also be exploring the development and sharing of online resources and tutorials that will help those at home still engage in positive music activities. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates.

Unprecedented times for all of us…

Here at SoCo HQ we’ll be paying close attention to the advice and guidance around the Coronavirus, working with our partners to keep activities running where appropriate. If music making sessions are cancelled we will endeavour to inform everyone on our social media channels.

Where sessions are running we ask that you be considerate to other participants and practitioners. If you are suffering from symptoms that are in line with Coronavirus COVID-19 (new and constant cough, high fever) then we strongly recommend that you follow government guidance and self isolate, and we reserve the right to ask you to leave the session to protect the health and well-being of other participants and music leaders.

For up to date advice and guidance on how to best respond to the Coronavirus COVID-19 and for more general advice the following links provide a useful resource:

UK Government Latest Information and Advice

Public Health England – What you need to know

Arts Council England – Advice for the Arts Sector

Musicians Union – Advice for Working Musicians

NCVO – Advice for the Voluntary Sector

If you have a specific enquiries please do contact us.

We all hope you stay safe, please look out for those that need support, and don’t forget to wash your hands.