St Michael & All Angels Steel Orchestra (SMA3SO) is the flagship for St Michael's Youth Project (SMYP). SMYP was established in 1996 and since its humble beginnings, we provide young people, aged 8-25, from the borough of Brent and surrounding boroughs, provisions in musical, educational, recreational and personal development activities, all year round. Since 1996 St Michael & All Angels Steel Orchestra has grown from an 8 piece youth ensemble to a 70-piece at full capacity. SMA3SO aims to engage young people through music (mainly steelpans) and open doors for disadvantaged young people from a variety of backgrounds, and help tackle the complicated, personal and social problems the community was facing, challenging the negative perception of young people within the community with a positive promotion of self and engaging with the community through community events. Our Steel Orchestra has an eclectic repertoire spanning from Mozart to Stevie Wonder to Lord Kitchener and more.
Through this Steel Pan Programme we aim to:
- To raise self esteem and self worth of children and young people providing musical and other activities for children and young people aged 8 to 25 years via our summer programme in order to improve their life chances and better prepare them to recognise opportunities and take advantage of them when they arise.
- For all young people we work with to be empowered to achieve their full potential and have the opportunity of fulfilling their dreams and ambitions.
-To educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities and get them to a performance standard so they can befriend the local community through community performances to help challenge the negative perception by raising a positive profile of local youth and not only positively promote themselves but promote community cohesion.
We need to fit out 2,000ft2 of raw space to provide a modern multipurpose library, in an area with no other free facility open to all.
The library will have room to host workshops, facilities for homework clubs, craft groups, and activities including ESOL, lifelong learning, dance, music, yoga and skills building, as well as a small cafe.
This is a rapidly growing corner of Brent, with a widely diverse population. The library will bring people together, build links, reduce social isolation and give people access to learning, develop skills and work opportunities.
This is an opportunity to create a cultural destination, attracting people to the area, promoting access through the cycle quietway, and drawing in people who visit Gladstone Park for sport and leisure. It could revitalise the area, and bring a sense of pride to local people.