Over the next few months, we’ll be telling you some of the amazing stories from our hubs up and down the UK and Ireland. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved and of all the hard work done by our hub workers and awesome champions. Here’s Lily and Rose’s story…
Rose & Lily’s Background
Before joining The Big Music Project, both Rose and Lily led difficult lives. Rose found it difficult to concentrate (there have been suggestions of ADHD and dyslexia) and struggled with reading and writing. From an early age she was bullied for being different and has been a target for people wishing to cause trouble. She was often reported missing from her home. She did not care for herself or accept support or care from others.
In contrast, Lily stayed at home most of the time with her family. Lacking confidence, she was very quiet and reserved. At school, she did not get on well with other pupils and was bullied. She found it difficult to learn in large group class settings and struggled with excessive noise.
Rose & Lily’s Big Music Project
Lily joined TBMP at the beginning, attending planning meetings and becoming a BIG Music Champion, then recruiting others, including her friend, Rose. Rose and Lily have helped to plan, organize, deliver and perform at lots of events and gigs. They have also performed at a local café, music College and Pro-surf event and have attended events at Halifax and London.
Initially Lily only sang if she was alone in the recording studio. With support, she gradually allowed her friend to sing along with her and eventually allowed a small group to watch her performing. Each week Lily practiced with her singing partner and eventually she agreed to learn from another Champion about studio recording techniques. This has helped her to accept support from others and to “feel better about being me”. Lily is also now also an active member of the local Youth council.
Rose uses the Studio to practice with her performing partner and to write and record her songs and to learn recording skills and techniques. Rose thought it would be a good thing to try as whilst she was aware that lots of people like music, this project brought together people who love music. Rose has found this new group of friends who share her passion for music, has helped her to find a new focus in life, and she has enjoyed meeting and connecting with others from other hubs.
Rose and Lily have a new focus in life. Rose has changed her group of friends and her home life is much improved. Lily’s confidence has grown and she has gradually found it possible to sing in front of others, forming a duo with Rose.
Both girls say that The Big Music Project has had a very positive impact on them. In particular they argue that, as a result of participating in the project, their self-esteem has grown and that their communication and other skills (including their ability to build and sustain relationships) have improved. Lily and Rose are now active members of the local Youth Council and are supporting other young people. They hope that the confidence and support they have built will help them achieve more in other parts of their life too.