Outreach

We extend the reach and influence of Cambridge Junction through targeted outreach projects which address the needs and interests of young people and/or socially excluded groups, supporting young people to develop new and transferable skills.

Projects are often developed and delivered in partnership with other organisations. We regularly look to work with local communities and groups, from all ages and backgrounds, to develop new creative projects, performances and activities.

Projects currently in development include: 

Fiver Unplugged

Supported by Cambridgeshire Music Hub.

 

Fiver Unplugged was a structured music development initiative for acoustic and folk musicians aged 13 - 18. It offered performance opportunities, masterclasses and twilight workshops in schools and at Cambridge Junction, providing quality music provision in rural areas where the opportunity for engagement is low and in a genre that is currently underrepresented.

 

Fiver Unplugged events at Cambridge Junction offered a chance to showcase up and coming talent with the masterclasses offering ways of developing individuals skills.

Young Writers Workshop

Delivered in partnership with Menagerie Theatre Company, the young writers programme, for playwrights aged 16 – 25 from the East and South East of England, is an opportunity for young aspiring writers to learn from professionals, extend their horizons and make connections. In addition the young writers have an opportunity to showcase their work at Hotbed, Cambridge’s New Writing theatre festival.

 

For more information about how to get involved, please see here 

Sonic Pi: Live & Coding legacy project

Sonic Pi: Live & Coding was an exciting new digital research project supported by the prestigious Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, run by Cambridge Junction and key partners Cambridge University and The Raspberry Pi Foundation.

This ground-breaking project focused on the low cost, highly accessible, credit-card sized Raspberry Pi computer which was created to encourage children and young people all over the world to learn programming. The Sonic Pi: Live & Coding project explored the computers use in education, particularly the creative potential of live coding to provide new routes for young people into digital music. 

The project worked with Sonic Pi Live software which uses code to turn a Raspberry Pi computer into a fully customisable musical instrument. Young people had the opportunity to work closely with high profile artists, teachers and musicians, and the creator of Sonic Pi Live,  Dr Sam Aaron.

Six week trials took place in two secondary schools giving young digital musicians the chance to produce and perform their own live coding compositions. Their final pieces were shared as code via an online forum, encouraging community mash-ups and jams.

During the 2014 summer break a sell-out five-day Sonic Pi Live summer school took place at Cambridge Junction extending the project beyond the classroom.

In November 2014 the Sonic Pi: Live & Coding free online toolkit was launched at a summit held at Cambridge Junction.

More information on Sonic Pi: Live & Coding including the toolkit and ten specially commissioned 'Pop-Pi videos' can be found at sonicpiliveandcoding.com 

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Sonic Pi: Live & Coding is an arts, research, learning, and new media initiative of Cambridge Junction; Cambridgeshire Music; Hertfordshire Music Service; Norwich & Norfolk Festival Bridge; Raspberry Pi Foundation with the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory; Royal Opera House Bridge; University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education; and Musicnet-East. 

Sonic Pi: Live & Coding is funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts – Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and Cambridgeshire Music Hub.