Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Youngsters offered music masterclasses

A NEW club is offering masterclasses for budding young musicians in Henley

A NEW club is offering masterclasses for budding young musicians in Henley.

Acoustic@Magoos is for 13- to 18-year-olds and will offer them weekly mentoring sessions from professional musicians.

The Hart Street bar will also provide a safe and relaxing environment for teenagers to meet and socialise every Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm.

The club was launched last week with a performance by funk rock band Junior Guevarra followed by a question and answer session.

Lead singer and guitarist Jayson Jaurigue, who runs Henley music agency Eight Ray Music, said: ?This is just cool place for the youth of Henley to hang out.

?We have set up masterclasses and workshops and it?s all about helping and advising the kids.

?I think it?s really important for the youth of Henley because there?s not much going on in town that?s focused on growing their confidence.

?At this age - the teenage years - music, the performing arts and creativity is really important and it?s what they like to do. It will help them as they grow older.?

Each masterclass will be centred on a different aspect of musical performance, including singing and songwriting.

On March 25 there will a Mash Up@Magoos event, an open mic night where teenagers will able to perform what they have been working on.

Maggie Atkinson, who has helped organise the event, said: ?I?m so thrilled. It?s about music being a vehicle for building self-esteem and I'm into anything that can be used to build teenagers' self-belief.

?We were impressed that so many came to the opening night. The atmosphere felt electric and Jayson and his band were awesome, thoroughly engaging the students and describing their friendships at Gillotts School and musical careers.

?Many of the young musicians took the opportunity to perform solos, finishing the evening on a real high.?

Mrs Atkinson thanked Ryan Irving,for promoting the event on social media, Mark Wojcicki for helping out with graphics and Robert Brain who created the artwork for free.

Laurence Wilson, owner of Magoos, said: ?I?ve got two children who are 14 and 16 so I fully understand what it's like when kids need a place to go.?

He said youngsters didn't have to be involved in music but could simply enjoy the social aspect of the club.

"It's our way of being involved in the community, giving something back," he added.

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