Aug 23

GENIUS SEARCH MUSIC WORKSHOPS -REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

Do you want to learn how to write your own song, sing, play in a band or perform to a live audience?

Do you want to meet like-minded and talented performers to work together to produce an amazing showcase?

Do you want to skyrocket your stage performance confidence?

Online applications are now open!

Our exciting first project as ‘Ingenium’ will commence on 8th October 2016. ‘Genius Search’ will last 10 weeks, doing 3-4 hours every Saturday and will culminate in a showcase on 10th December 2016.

You will be rehearsing in a modern music rehearsal studio (based in North London). You will have lots of fun whilst learning about life as a musician through working with professional artists with appropriate music and dance skills.

15 sponsored places are available on the project for young people aged 15 to 24 from London.  Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Be a genius and reserve your spot now by registering HERE.

Your life may never be the same again after the project. This is how Angel Jobson, a programme graduate, described her experience, “After attending Ingenium programme, I began to take my musical life more seriously. This involved writing more songs, performing at more events and even collaborating with other artists and producers outside of the organisation. A significant action taken was the founding of a band called ‘Unrefined’.”

 

Reserve your place right here and now.

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Oct 07

Meet Jeremy: Ingenium Music Tutor

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy is a confident and committed self-taught drummer who is also
versatile and can play other instruments such as, piano and bass, as well
as creative which can be proved by his achieved Bachelor of Arts 1st class
honours degree in Creative Musicianship. He is a diligent worker and
creative musician with great communication skills who is able to lead
effectively a group of young people. Jeremy can assist each student to
understand instruments, getting each one to reach their specific goals,
also has impeccable attention to detail and superb timekeeping skills. He
has privately taught drums to many children as well as music directed
them. He has Music Directed for the likes of; Drifty (grime artist) at the
tower bridge food festival 2015. Not to mention session playing for big
artists such as RDX, Gabrielle Aplin and Opening up with James Anderson for
Sister Sledge at Newham: *Under the stars* Festival in 2012. He has also
session drummed for over 70 different Underground artists, and recorded
drums for international songwriters and artists. Jeremy has also done some
production work and songwriting of his own, this year released a Video EP
and he is now currently making a band, he plans to tour with in the near
future.

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Sep 04

Meet Angel Jobson – A graduate of Ingenium

The guiding philosophy of Ingenium (also known as Haringey Stars) is that everyone has a unique talent and ability to change his or her life. Often, all it takes to ignite that talent is encouragement and a platform to exercise it. There is no greater satisfaction for our staff and constituents than witnessing this program realize its mission through the lives of the young people it serves.  Angel Jobson, a program graduate, described her experience.  Read to the end and watch Angel performing live first time.

What did you learn from the program at Haringey Stars?

 On this program, I have learnt how to collaborate and compromise as a musician, which is an important skill to have in the music industry. I have also learnt commitment and determination skills. Coming to the sessions at 10 o’clock every Saturday morning requires a lot of commitment, particularly for teenagers who have homework/social gatherings to attend. There are moments, especially towards the end of the program where it feels as though the performance will not be good enough or we will not be ready, but determination keeps us going and allows us to present the best possible showcase we can.

How did your life change as a result of participating in Haringey Stars program?

Since participating in the Haringey Stars program, my outlook on my musical career is a positive one. I have developed a confidence which follows me not only in a musical context, but into school life and social life. Participating in the program has also given me a sense of community, and I feel like I am part of a supportive family, which is Haringey Stars.

What would you say to the person who wanted to take part in the program?

  I would advise anyone who wants to take part in the program to start as soon as possible! It is an experience that not many people have and it will definitely leave you as a different person. Some of my friends who have already taken part tell me that Haringey Stars has improved their confidence and I can honestly see a significant difference in them. For example, when I first met a young boy, who had started the program, he was extremely shy and did not even want to perform. But by the final showcase he was energetic on stage and even dancing with the audience! However, in order for you to experience this self-development you must leave all of your worries and join in as best as you can. And most importantly – have fun!

What actions did you take as a result of attending Haringey Stars program?

  After attending Haringey Stars, I began to take my musical life more seriously. This involved writing more songs, performing at more events and even collaborating with other artists/producers outside of the organisation. A significant action taken was the founding of a band called ‘Unrefined’. This band was an independent project which included members of Haringey Stars and resulted in a performance at a local venue. Additionally, I became involved with other aspects outside of the music. For instance, I designed a poster and leaflet for the showcase and sessions. As you can see, you don’t have to necessarily be a part of just the musical side, there are other routes you can take within the program.

What are your future aspirations?

In the future, after attending university, I aspire to be a musician; I would like to influence and inspire generations with my talent. I believe that music is a powerful form of communication within today’s society, not just because of the music itself, but because of the influence that musicians have on their fans/listeners.

 Why is an organisation like Haringey Stars important?

The community needs an organisation like Haringey Stars because it provides young people with a safe environment to express themselves. There are not many facilities for young people to do this, and many of the youth of today have nothing better to do than to go on the internet and so Haringey Stars gives them a sense of purpose. From my experience, the final showcase is the most rewarding thing as it makes you feel like a celebrity for the night. This is enough self-esteem to make you believe you can do anything; and that is exactly the message that young people need to believe in more.

What was the best thing coming to the music sessions on Saturday?

The best thing about the music sessions is exactly that – the music session! Being immersed in the world of music for two hours on a Saturday is wonderful for me as I enjoy music so much. It also makes me happy to see people develop as the weeks go on. In the near future, one of the best things would be helping other people to improve. Thanks to Haringey Stars, I am now of a good enough level to help new musicians develop their craft, which is equally rewarding.

Watch Angel performing live first time at Haringey Stars showcase.

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