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Earth Meets Sky was a songwriting, vocal performance technique and recording project with top music industry professionals taking place at The Mill Arts Centre over February half term. The project gave young people from across our 3 Youth Action Teams (Bretch Hill, Grimsbury and Bicster) as well as some of our emerging artists an opportunity to create a performance together, encouraging individuals and the group to explore their voices and creativity, bringing original music to life.


Juliet Russell is a singer, composer and vocal coach, including for BBC1's The Voice. She currently works with Urban development with young artists. She has created and led choirs for Paloma Faith, Alt-J, the Barbican and the Olympic Torch project at the Southbank.

The project took place over 3 days at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury. The first 2 days worked with young people 12-18 years from accross our Youth Action Teams and the 3rd day was an opportunity for our emerging artists age 16-25 to develop the work further.


Ellie Matthews said "The earth meets sky project was a great way for me Hannah and Richard to meet some other young artist and delve more deeply into music that didn't necessarily require instruments".


Richard Howson, 16, attended the event, and said: “A real bright, friendly atmosphere which has been relaxed and made this project really enjoyable. I’ve learnt a lot from being here, it’s helped me widen my musical skills such as body percussion, harmonising and composition. I’d really enjoy doing something like this again.”


This project was managed by Zaylie - for more information on this or similar projects email [email protected]

Earth Meets Sky