The power of music to integrate, heal and inspire on BBC Music Day
Surrey Music Hub is organising a day of music making for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young refugees. Led by some of the UK's leading music educators the event aims to provide a day of healing and inspiration as well as being a celebration of music from across the globe.
Surrey Music Hub's Inclusion Manager, Jim Pinchen says, “BBC Music Day provides a perfect platform to remind us that music is something that can unite all of us, even if we have had dramatically different life experiences. We are aware that many young refugees in the UK feel isolated and are finding it hard to integrate and this doesn't help anyone. We hope that this project will inspire more young people to pick up an instrument, join in and rediscover their inner joy and talents." The project's musical director Joe Browne added, "We will be flooding the space with every kind of instrument we can find and from a musical point of view I'm extremely excited to see what we create together with the huge range of influences in the room"
After the BBC Music Day event the young musicians will be supported to integrate into local orchestras and bands where they will have the opportunity to make new friends, create new music and develop and share their music skills with local young musicians.