Singing out in support of Sunderland DISC

Music workshop leaders Chris Harris (right) and Stevo (standing, left) during a course they have been running at The Bunker, Sunderland.
Music workshop leaders Chris Harris (right) and Stevo (standing, left) during a course they have been running at The Bunker, Sunderland.
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DEPRIVED groups are being given the chance to hit the right note and develop their skills thanks to one of the city’s leading music projects.

The Bunker, on Stockton Road, has been teaching tricks of the musical trade to people from Disc (Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities), an independent North East charity focusing on deprivation and exclusion.

Following on from a successful six-month programme of music workshops last year, which was funded by the NHS, Disc commissioned a new programme, which began in August.

The idea is part of a creditable initiative to combat alcoholism while inspiring musical creativity and has gone from strength to strength.

The six-week programme of workshops caters for adult participants, many of whom have never played an instrument before.

They take part in a series of interactive sessions that cover everything from song composition, history of music, recording techniques and musicianship.

The overall aim of the project, which is also accredited by the Open College Network, is to produce a group demo, recorded in the Bunkers Studios, and then perform the composition in a showcase gig in front of their support workers and peers.

Jillian Crumbie, acting project leader at Disc said: “The work that The Bunker has done in partnership with Disc has been invaluable.

“Organisations like The Bunker helps us to provide a fun, productive and safe environment for groups who can thrive in this type of community-based rehabilitation.”

Bunker director Kenny Sanger said: “The Bunker has always had a proud history of being involved in community projects.

“Our involvement in Disc sees The Bunker’s most recent involvement in community development come to another very successful crescendo.”

For more information on this and other projects at The Bunker, email kenny@bunkeruk.com or go to www.disc-vol.org.uk/

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