Following the huge success of BBC's Big Weekend at Powderham Castle in the summer of 2016, AJ, Countess of Devon, was determined to capitalise on the success of the event in inspiring young people to write and perform live music.
Working with local schools and partnered by the Helen Foundation, young musicians were invited to perform in the iconic James Wyatt Music Room at Powderham and that first year included jazz piano, singer songwriters, violin, electric guitar and much more.
Since then the annual event has grown and grown, and now includes workshops, recording sessions, individual support and the development of an alumni programme, where young people who have already performed at Powderham Live events, now mentor younger performers as they set out on their first steps to public performing.
This year, with Covid-19 restrictions, the Powderham Live team has become even more creative with activities and support moving on-line and, wherever possible, maintaining the individual support and live practice sessions. This year, THF made a grant of £3000 to continue its support of the programme and the event will live stream in early 2021. Follow Powderham Live on Facebook for regular updates.
Well done everyone - young musicians, coaches and tutors, technical staff and Powderham's own team for keeping the flame well and truly burning throughout 2020.