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Soapbox symphony: orchestra’s link with youth centre

29 September, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Council leader Councillor Richard Watts, left, and Councillor Joe Caluori, executive member for children, young people and families, with young people at the Soapbox launch

YOUNGSTERS will have a chance to produce music with a world-famous orchestra at a new youth centre which opened this week.

The Soapbox youth centre, in Old Street, features a music studio where children will learn how to produce music with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Other activities on offer include 3D printing workshops, game design and radio production courses where youngsters can learn how to DJ.

The centre run by charitable organisation Dragon Hall Trust offers classes in coding and music production to people with learning disabilities.

James Dellow, of Dragon Hall Trust, said: “Soapbox will complement the existing high-quality youth work already in Islington, adding new dimensions to digital media creative opportunities and emerging technologies.

“We are extremely excited to present this work to young people over the coming years.”

The centre forms part of the £16m redevelopment of the Redbrick estate which will provide 55 new homes, with 39 for social rent. Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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