On Thursday 10 October – World Mental Health Day – group project Circle of Light will be launching their album at Metronome.
The album – recorded during the group’s ‘residency’ at Metronome over summer – is set to launch on World Mental Health Day with live performances of each of the tracks. Grab your tickets here.
The choice of release date is pertinent to the motivation behind the album and this project as a whole. Organiser Tricia Gardiner wanted to bring young people together and create a safe space for open conversation surrounding mental health.
The Circle of Light project – funded by Youth Music – brought together 20 music industry professionals led by award-winning rapper Scorz-zay-zee to mentor around 60 young people through the process of producing a powerful and eclectic album with tracks created over three intense weeks.
How the project has benefited one of our students
Confetti student Mae Monypenny took part in the workshop, and has since been shortlisted by Youth Music Awards for the ‘Best Live Performance’ – a nomination which will see her perform in front of some huge names from the music industry at the awards ceremony in London.
Mae spoke about her experiences working on the project –
“Working on the Circle of Light project has changed my life. It was such an amazing experience to be able to work with so many talented musicians and the outcome is amazing. Its opened me up to so many experiences including new ones now after the project is over like my Youth Music Award Shortlisting and plenty of shows. I’m excited to see what Circle of Light does next. And if there’s an option, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
The project has been followed by a BBC crew for an Inside Out documentary to be aired on 7 October, as well as support from BBC Nottingham including a guest spot on one of the tracks from presenter Summaya Mughal, and a surprise appearance at the workshops from Fun Lovin’ Criminals drummer Frank Benbini.
This is an event you won’t want to miss, so make sure you grab some tickets below.