Unsigned changed their lives, make 2021 the year you change yours

Unsigned

As the hunt begins for our latest Unsigned stars, we spoke to former participants Jøra the Førtuneteller, who are going on a UK and Ireland tour and Amelia Stephanides, whose debut EP drops next month. Jøra – aka Sam Howlett, Gui Oliveira, Dawid Tondryk and Josh Shave – said Unsigned has been invaluable to them […]

Write music that you love and find people who love it with you

Music

It’s hard to imagine punk powerhouse and music mentor Millie Manders only being able to perform if she was in her mum’s dining room, with the door closed and her back to it. Or that she still gets stage fright to this day. This is her story. I was surrounded by music from day one. […]

Music has more opportunities to create than any other industry

Music

When Ben Street’s fledgling football career was ended by injury, he turned to his first love – music. Now he gets a kick out of performing, promoting and mentoring other artists and running the Wild Paths and Wild Fields festivals. This is his story. It was my grandad on my mum’s side who got me […]

Hooray, we’re having a party 23 July – and you’re invited

Invited

Before fully reopening for classes and a packed performance programme from September, we’re having a party – and you’re all invited. Proving why we’re THE place for performing arts in Norfolk, we’re taking over the streets of Norwich on Friday 23 July with live music, dance and entertainment. We’re also throwing open our studios where […]

Youth Music’s £149K grant will help us change lives

Youth

Let’s make some noise for Youth Music, which has awarded The Garage Trust £149,000 for its Musical Journeys project. The inclusive programme will help young people across Norfolk and Suffolk hone their skills and build their confidence. Statistics have shown a large rise in mental health issues among Norfolk’s children and young people during the […]

Creative course helps aspiring playwright Juno set the scene for a bright future

Creative

When she lost her retail job because of Covid, drama graduate Juno Evans decided to sign up for our new, free Introduction to the Creative Industries course. It’s given her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a playwright. This is her story. I’ve been wanting to work in the creative industries for as […]

Free creative industries training for 18-25s

A small theatre with stage lighting

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new training programme for 18-25 year olds which will introduce learners to the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the creative industries and support them to take their next steps into training or work. Over the course of 12 weeks, learners will take part in […]

Music: You need others to develop and grow says Unsigned 2020/21’s Blux J

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Blux J found peace from the playground bullies by hiding in his school’s music block. There’s been plenty of ups and downs since then, including spending a year-and-a-half homeless. Music was always the thing that made him think he had something to build on. He told us how Unsigned was too good a chance to […]

Music: Unsigned 2020/21’s Ella excited to debut original songs

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Teenager Ella Massingham is tired of singing other people’s songs. She told us how Unsigned is helping her express herself through music her way. How do you feel your music/skills have improved since starting the course last September? I feel my music skills have improved by having a better view of the industry, but most […]

Music: Unsigned 2020/21 is helping Amelia find who she is as an artist

Picture of Amelia (artist)

Amelia Stephanides is a little confused where she fits in genre-wise, just one of the things the Unsigned course is helping with says the NUA drama student and The Garage team member. How do you feel your music / skills have improved so far since starting the course last September? I’ve learnt lots more about […]

Excited to reopen studios for classes on 14 September

Breakdance class

Although it’s been fantastic to carry on with our classes via Zoom during lockdown, we know many of our participants have missed learning in a studio and missed the social and friendship aspect of visiting The Garage. That’s why we’ve been busy behind the scenes, getting ready to open our studios from 14 September in […]