6th Dec, 2016

Escape Arts charity single for Children in Need

Stratford Editorial 6th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

YOUNG musicians in Stratford are raising money for the charity that helped bring them together.

The Aspire arts and music project, run by Escape Arts, received support from Children in Need in 2012 and now as the funding comes to an end the young people involved want to give something back.

Ten of the musicians from Stratford have written and recorded a song called Wake Up the Moon which they hope will raise £1,000.

In the three years since its creation Aspire has brought youngsters together to record two albums of original songs, perform at Stratford River Festival, and have also been involved with art projects at community groups in the district.

The project will now receive funding from the Youth Arts Development enabling it to continue to grow.

Karen Williams, who helped organise the project, said: “I think it is a wonderful legacy these young people are leaving to Children in Need. They gave the project the funding which has helped us bring young people from all backgrounds together.

“Many of the people we work with are now mentors to others just joining Aspire, we’ve got a radio station in a bus – the opportunities they have gained from Children in Need’s support is incredible.”

Aspire enables young people to make their own music, including taster sessions and music development workshops in song-writing, composition and performance with experienced musicians.

Wake Up the Moon is now available to download from iTunes for 99p.

Visit www.escapearts.org.uk for further details about Aspire.