Serious have been partnering with the Barbican’s Creative Learning team since 2015 to deliver Barbican Box Music, which is aimed at engaging students in East London Secondary Schools. The Barbican Box is, literally, a portable box that contains different sounds and objects to encourage an imaginative approach to music making.

In 2016/17, we worked with versatile bassist and champion beat-boxer Bellatrix, who curated the box around the theme of ‘having a voice’. Bellatrix mentored the students and worked with their teachers over a period of 6 months to support them to devise their own music, in response to the theme and using the box as a resource. The project culminated with a performance on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at the Barbican, attended by over 450 people. Below you can watch a video about the project and find out more.

In 2015/16 the project was curated by saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch. Soweto worked with almost 200 young people, encouraging them to reflect on themes of identity in order to create their own music and perform it in the Barbican's Main Hall. 

If you would like to know more about our Learn programme, please get in touch at learning@serious.org.uk.

Barbican Box with Bellatrix