Talented musicians bring Askern to life in new music group!

Residents in Askern have an exciting opportunity to work with professional musicians and compose original songs about the town at a new music group!

This fun and supportive group, called Creative Directions in Askern, is led by darts (Doncaster Community Arts) and features talented musicians including Gary Hammond, an incredible percussionist who tours internationally with instrumental duo The Hut People; Janet Wood, an expert singer/songwriter with 40 years’ experience in community music making; and Luke Carver Goss, who featured on the award-winning BBC Radio 3 programme, Late Junction.

These incredible musicians encourage participants to write their own music using Askern’s unique history and landmarks as inspiration, such as the town’s iconic boating lake and its place as a renowned spa town.

Assistant Director, Lucy Robertshaw said: “We’re thrilled to have such a talented team of musicians writing songs with participants about Askern. We’ve been hard at work planning the sessions and participants have come up with lots of exciting ideas – from new songs about local heroes to music about Askern’s rich heritage.”

Creative Directions in Askern offers a range of regular music-based opportunities for adults aged 18 and over every Thursday between 1:30pm and 3:30pm at Alexander House, High Street, Askern, Doncaster, DN6 0AB  – from song writing to percussion and playing instruments to live performances.

No experience whatsover is needed – just come along and have a go! Friends, family members and other community members are also welcome to get involved and try something new.

Sessions are free to attend and there is no need to book on, although we encourage you to come regularly to get the most out of the sessions.

darts has designed the programme with Doncaster Public Health, and the two will continue to work together to evidence the positive impacts that participation in the arts can have on health and wellbeing.

Creative Directions in Askern is funded by Spirit of 2012’s Music Challenge Fund, which also funded the Creative Directions project in Edlington.

Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy fund. Spirit awards grants for inclusive arts, sports and volunteering activities in communities that bring people together to improve their wellbeing.

The National Lottery Community Fund founded Spirit in 2013 with a £47million endowment to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and community that inspired people across the UK during the London 2012 Games.

Its grantees range from national organisations to small, hyper-local ones. For more information visit www.spiritof2012.org.uk

For more information about darts’ work, check out our social media: darts’ Instagram: @dartsatthepoint, darts’ Facebook: @dartsatthepoint The Point, home of darts – Doncaster Community Arts, darts’ Twitter: @darts_thepoint or sign up to our regular e-newsletter on the darts’ website: www.thepoint.org.uk

We are also looking for local volunteers who would like to join our team and get involved in Creative Directions in Askern. For more information, please contact Lucy Robertshaw – lucy@thepoint.org.uk or 01302 558054