April 23, 2024

Free sessions to inspire young music talent

An up-and-coming young songwriter will showcase her talent and inspire other wanna-be musicians during a free series of events at Sheringham Little Theatre.

Juliet Price Thomas has gone from being a dyslexic schoolgirl at Cromer to being her college’s solo artist of the year and is now a self-employed singer songwriter performing at festivals including Latitude with five recordings released.

On May 1 she will lead a songwriting workshop at Sheringham’s Oddfellows Hall as part of a programme run by the Little Theatre for 11-18 year olds.

Juliet, 20, from Cromer, said: “I’ll talk to the young people, show them some simple techniques to write a version and perform some of my songs.

“I am very dyslexic and cannot read or write music, but it hasn’t stopped me,” she added.

“I hope my story will show them how you can overcome barriers if you have the passion and with lots of hard work.”

Juliet went to school at Roughton Primary and Cromer Academy where she returned to her old classroom in January to take a music workshop having sat there as a pupil four years earlier. She gained qualifications and confidence through Access Creative College in Norwich and appeared in several Sheringham pantos and youth productions when she was younger. Her music styles include R&B, spoken word and pop.

On May 8 another local artist Ronan Williams will be leading a songwriting workshop at the theatre. He has performed at the theatre Hub in the past and has just played the lead role of Troy in High School Musical at sister theatre St George’s in Great Yarmouth.

On May 14 and 21 there are virtual recording studio sessions at the Lighthouse in Sheringham. The events end with an open mic night at the theatre on May 29. All the sessions run from 7pm to 8.30pm and are open for people to just drop in rather than sign up.

Organiser Katie Thompson said the sessions support the theatre’s upcoming regular open mic nights and were aimed at giving the participants new skills and confidence, thanks to a grant from the Sheila Ann Day Fund which promotes music appreciation.

“The theatre prides itself on its work with young people. We have some amazing events on offer, working with incredible musicians and artists. Recording music or accessing tuition can be expensive, which can make developing an interest in music elitist; this will make participating accessible both financially and in terms of ability.”

The open mic nights will allow anyone at any stage of their music career to try things out for the first time in a safe, supported, environment, she added.

For more information contact the box office on 01263 822347

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