This project was conceived by a group of young people who wanted to research the history of Barton and Eastgate Streets in Gloucester and interpret it in a variety of ways.
Coordinated by Fairgame and with support from a Young Roots Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the young people were guided and mentored throughout the process. Working with our project partners, Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucestershire Museum, we built up a body of research, which inspired a specially composed orchestral piece, a music track and video, a youth theatre production and an exhibition.
Check out the website to follow our timeline, hear the music and find out more.
The Orchestral Piece
Young music production outfit, Tier 5, mentored by Tunde Jegede, tested out their urban music making skills on two Gloucester school orchestras, with a brand new composition written for this project.
The piece reflects the whole history of Barton and Eastgate streets. It was the first time they had used historical research as inspiration but, as Gloucester boys themselves, they found it easy to engage with.
You can listen to the piece through the download at the top of this page (it lasts 5 minutes 16 seconds)
The Music Video: Civil War
In February half term, 2012, a group of disabled and non-disabled young people got together to make a music video. They took inspiration from the Siege of Gloucester, which provided all the conflict they needed for a dynamic rap.
The group laid down lyrics and vocals in the studio, put their raps to music, and then performed for the music video, which was shot in Gloucester.
The Music Video was funded through the Of Course We Can programme through Active Impact. You can watch it below: