“We all share an affinity for the arts”

Spring newsletter

In our spring issue, we introduce Craig and 26 wonderful musical theatre students from Guildford who are running the Nuts Challenge in aid of our work. This lovely bunch are competing the 14 km mud run in Dorking on 5th March, and are very kindly raising money to support our work – to help provide access to the arts for young people who would otherwise struggle to participate.

For those of you who don’t know what the Nuts Challenge is, it’s an assault course where runners encounter mud (lots of it), a water assault course, climbing, crawling and challenging obstacles all the way round. Not your average quarter marathon!

And if that wasn’t reason enough to support them, here is one of the student’s explaining why they are doing this muddy challenge!

“We all share an affinity for the arts, and so feel strongly about helping talented young people gain access to theatre programmes, that they would otherwise be unable to afford. I hope we can raise as much money as possible.”

You can support the musical theatre student’s fundraising campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/2460run

And it’s not long to go now (this Sunday!) so please spread the word and help us reach their target!

Thank you!

p.s Also a big thank you to Jonjo O’Neill and everyone who supported his Victorian Park half marathon in January. He raised an amazing £1,425 in total to help the young people we work with to access the arts.

Do you know someone who is looking for support to access arts training? Our bursary scheme is open to applications! We provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves. Find out more here.

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“Music is the thing I love most”

Since severe cuts to the arts budget at his school, everyone, including Danilo, lost their instruments and music lessons. “I was devastated”.

“I had spent so much time playing the cello only to be told that I wouldn’t be able to anymore. My family would never have been able to finance an instrument along with music lessons.”

Through a referral from Orchestras for All, Danilo was awarded an NYAT bursary to help pay for his lessons, instrument hire and ensemble membership.

Thanks to our amazing supporters, Danilo can continue with his lessons, keep playing with his local orchestra and attend Orchestras for All school holiday courses.

“I really am so glad that I will be able to pursue what I really love without having to worry about the burden I impose on my parents anymore. I can now finally divert all my attention into the creation of music – the thing I love most. Thank you so much for this!”

Having only started to learn the cello in September 2012, Danilo gained a distinction for his Grade eight in November, and recently won the Enfield Young Musicians’ Concerto audition.

“I didn’t realise how much power and potential the cello held. The cello isn’t limited to just four notes; it can produce an infinite amount of notes depending on where you place your finger; each having the potential to mean anything the player wants it to, depending on how they articulated it with their bow. I found out about the existence of cello concertos, and was extremely moved after listening to the Elgar Cello Concerto – only to find out that there were more…much more. I exploded in exhilaration; it was as if I uncovered a whole new continent! I never knew music could have this much power.

I feel like I am standing on the threshold of an extraordinary world and I want to soak every opportunity I can. Music not only develops me as a musician but also as a person.

There are so many others in my position – they are so passionate for their art form but would not be able to continue without financial aid.”

Please, if you can, help us to reach more young musicians like Danilo, who are at risk of stopping their music making because of money, by donating here.

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“This will undoubtedly change lives”

Our youth theatre project in East Hull started running in January, and it provides access to quality drama training for young people from the Preston Road Estate.

Like our youth theatre in Ely, the project exists to unearth emerging talent, make bold and exciting work, be a spring board for further education and engage the young people in the community to develop a life-long interest in the performing arts.

Workshops cover a range of skills, including script writing and devising work, acting techniques, physical theatre, improvisation skills, skills in movement and voice, plus confidence building and team work; aiming to achieve artistic excellence, give a platform for new local voices, and create memorable experiences.

Based at local school, the Archbishop Sentamu Academy, our youth theatre is for teenagers aged 13-19 who cannot easily access arts opportunities in the city centre or who are eager to learn and develop their talent, but lack the information and guidance to look outside of their immediate circumstances.

The Preston Road Estate is situated in the 16th most deprived post code area in the country. The students at the school are enthusiastic, driven and keen to learn but lack opportunity, as explained by Lucy Riley, head of drama:

“Arts projects in this particular area of Hull are invaluable. They provide our young people with a sense of aspiration, achievement and confidence. The students have an overwhelming urge to prove themselves. Their talent is unquestionable. Further opportunities will inspire them to believe in themselves, and will undoubtedly change lives.”

We have partnered with local BAFTA award winning writers John and Jane Godber (John Godber being one of NYAT’s patrons) and the Archbishop Sentamu Academy, to help foster a lasting connection to the arts in East Hull.

Beyond 2017, our vision is an established youth theatre which develops a new generation of artists who make work in the city of Hull and beyond.

p.s. Don’t forget you can raise free donations for NYAT whenever you shop online! Do your weekly shopping online? We have a page with easyfundraising.org.uk so please do follow the link before you shop, find out more and help us raise vital funds for 2017. Thank you for your support!

Photo credits: Craig Russell, Ruth O’Brien, Providence Doucet

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