An update. September 2015.

Those of you newer to the work of Portland Rocks may not be aware that the organisation has existed since September 2009, first as a Youth Music project, then from 2012 as a Community Interest Company.  The four directors running the company have faced considerable challenges during that time in order to serve the young people of Portland during somewhat turbulent times in arts education both on Portland and in the wider UK.

We recommenced workshops in January 2015 having taken the decision to move to Royal Manor Campus and this led to an initial upsurge in attendance. However, with major changes coming to the education system including the move of IPACA to Maritime House in 2016 and the likely closure of Royal Manor Campus we need to be proactive, by adapting and broadening our provision to meet those changes.

Therefore, we have taken the decision not to recommence our weekly music and art workshops from September 2015, thus making the session on the 13th July the final one.  Looking to the future, Portland Rocks is evolving to include lifelong learning and focussing on specific projects, the development of which are currently in the pipeline:

  • The setting up of a download ‘record; label to encourage the writing and dissemination of original music compositions and poetry by both young people and the wider community.
  • The establishment of a ‘music school’ in the local community offering music tuition, ensemble and performance activities for keen musicians of all ages.
  • A music project based on making music using recycled materials, likely to be offered to local schools.I would also like to thank you for your support of our work and look forward to seeing you at future events. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be kept up to date with developments.
On behalf of my fellow directors I would like to assure you that Portland Rocks is not going away. In the current climate, our drive and enthusiasm is needed more than ever to ensure a full range of arts provision in the local community. Portland Rocks has, and will continue, to evolve to meet local need. We have achieved amazing things through our weekly workshops including taking groups to the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham; numerous young people going on to study music at A level and beyond; and most recently Katie winning the county wide Dorset Youth Association talent show and Sophie successfully auditioning for the Dorset County Jazz Orchestra.

I would also like to thank you for your support of our work and look forward to seeing you at future events.  Please subscribe to our newsletter to be kept up to date with developments.

 

 

Congratulations!

Portland Rocker Sophie Mullender has successfully auditioned for the Dorset County Jazz Orchestra today. She will be mainly playing guitar with the possibility of some drums. A fantastic achievement.