‘Aldinebury’ 2019 was a brilliant success!
Who doesn’t want to go to a music festival over the summer months? Nearly all of us… and whilst the expectation of glorious sunshine and blue skies may not always be delivered, the UK has some of the best and most musically varied music festivals in the world.
‘Aldinebury’ is the festival organised by the young people and their brilliant music leaders in Aldine House, a Secure Children’s Home in Yorkshire.
Thanks to a grant from Youth Music, and investment from Aldine, there are music days every week: residents are learning guitar, drums, singing, keyboards, rapping and songwriting, and using DJ and music technology.
The money also includes an annual festival with acts ranging from the young people’s own performances to visiting professionals (chosen by the young people themselves). This year there was also a surprise item…
Dan Loops is an occasional visitor to Aldine, and played a few of his songs, including ‘I will love you’, written after meeting a happy old couple in York. Superb singing sensation, Jessica Armstrong, delivered a voice workshop in the morning, and performed solo in the afternoon with backing singers drawn from the residents. Next up were InaVibe, performing some of their original songs. In between were performances by residents in the home, in various combinations, demonstrating the range of musical skills and songs they’ve learned. The final item – which must have required some secret practice sessions – was a staff performance.
Congratulations from us to everyone at Aldine for a massively successful event. Roll on 2020!
You can read more about our work in Youth Justice settings here – The Heart of the Matter: Music in Youth Justice Settings