ReBels Music

ReBels Music is here to celebrate all lines of work in the music industry and give young people the opportunity to explore and create.

ReBels Music is part of our wider talent development work supporting the underground voices and subcultures in Plymouth -  giving them platforms to be heard. ReBels Music is funded by Youth Music will support the growth of musical talent in the city. Not only those who want to perform, but those who want to record, produce, market and design tours that promote their work.
Barbican Theatre believes you ‘can't be what you can't see’, and this programme aims to break down barriers to expose young people to all the vital roles that make up the music industry, and work with industry leading professionals.  We want to break the isolation, and give young artists routes to finding their own creative voices - whether as lyricists, composers, producers, mixers, engineers or musicians.

ReBels Music Weekly Sessions

Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:15pm (for ages 15-25) starts 27 April
Develop skills and learn about songwriting, DJing, beat making and vocal harmonies. Sessions will go through all these different styles and then give you the opportunity to create a piece of music. We will then be building to create some music for two productions over the term

With Benny Lau-Crispin, Alex Hart and Daisy Higman at Barbican Theatre, Castle Street (Studio)

Why ReBels Music?

ReBels Music is designed to give young creatives access to role models who would otherwise not come to Plymouth to run masterclasses, workshop and labs. Opening  up opportunitions beyond the obvious. We will offer free of charge access to a new podcast and recording studio (coming later in 2021). Alongside this there will be an extensive range of free masterclasses from spatialised sound, composing for choreography, VJing and Folio sound design.
ReBels Music is about allowing young people to find their creative voices through music - and creating opportunities for cross pollination across creative mediums. We want to foster the new sound that could emerge from Plymouth, and give young people and emerging artist a strong platform to succeed in generating a sustainable career in music.
Our ReBels Music programme is funded by Youth Music, and responds to a direct need established by our young people, who told us
  1. Traditional singing and music lessons are too inaccessible as they are too expensive for our young people
  2. Any musicians we have are self taught- so getting no feedback - which they really want.
  3. When they are devising their own productions they would like more music built in. (Company B composed all their own music for Mermaids Tale). They identified that though the current practitioner pool could sign post them to resources the Barbican didn’t currently have time in our schedule, or all the in house skills needed to support them to develop their musicality.
  4. Although we’d been creating amazing collaborations through ‘Open Circle’ with Kurdish dancers and singers, Bharatnatyam, and our ‘Day of difference’ schools work there wasn’t an opportunity for that musicality to be explored at the same level as the dance and drama.
ReBels Music will work closely with the B-Bar, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Music Zone, The Granary Studio, Weekender Festival, and the Grassroot music initiative to create a wider pipeline in - this also supports the findings from Music Venues Trust.