Performers get to B Sharp in Lyme Regis
PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 December 2017
Music charity B Sharp hosted a very different music event, ‘Out of the Box’, in Lyme Regis, on Saturday, December 2.
Music charity B Sharp hosted a very different music event, ‘Out of the Box’, in Lyme Regis.
Taking place at The Hub, the event saw the location illuminated with a colourful light-show that quickly drew a crowd of B Sharp regulars and new-comers alike, including members of Lyme Regis Youth Club.
Members of B Sharp’s weekly sessions, Boombox, Hub Jams and Bridport Jams, performed a variety of covers and original songs.
The acts were spread across several stages throughout the venue, giving the evening a festival-like freedom, with visitors able to move between sets and enjoy a wide range of music.
No space was wasted, as even the stairwell played host to a performance of the Daft Punk’s song, ‘Get Lucky’, accompanied by Hannah Cumming on violin.
Hannah has recently joined B Sharp as a music leader, and said of the organisation: “It’s brilliant, it doesn’t feel like work. I’m a folk musician predominantly, but I love all sorts of music, so it’s great to come here and experience and play a variety with young people.”
The diverse mix of music on offer was evident. Walking between each of The Hub’s rooms, guests were taken on an audible adventure through rock, pop, blues, folk, jazz and more.
Another of B Sharp’s music leaders, Matt Hartnell, said: “Out of the Box is a new approach to B Sharp performances, involving creative ideas with light and sound, and not necessarily just using a stage and a PA. The idea is to break out of the norm.”
The performers were challenged to create a low budget music installation by thinking ‘outside the box’, and rose to the challenge.
Performer Kitty Ford, 15, said: “It (Out of the Box) is a very creative experience. It really involves all the players and audience, and I think it’s a good event for young people from the area.
“I think B Sharp has really helped me to just try things, you can be messing around and think, ‘oh, that sounds cool’. It also gives you that gig experience, and definitely boosts your confidence.”
One of the highlights of the evening was a procession by all performers throughout The Hub, performing an a cappella piece. The musicians progressively built their sound through stamps, claps and a series of vocal canons, until the anthem filled the venue. This experimental, playful approach to music making epitomised the spirit of the evening, with each different group of musicians having developed their own unique style.
The event was concluded with dancing to a headline set from B Sharp’s house band, LaunchPad. The band’s accomplished instrumentalists complimented beautifully blending vocals as they performed a number of covers, from Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Chic.
Ed Pemberton, whose sons are both members of B Sharp and performed at the event, said: “It was such an eye opener about how much goes on behind the scenes with B Sharp. It really got parents involved instead of just dropping kids off and leaving. We got to see the work in progress, seeing how The Hub is used, and realising how important it is as a venue for young people.”
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