At Winnall Rock School we offer free music tuition and band workshops for young people aged 10-17 in Winchester.
Every Tuesday evening in term time we meet at the WRS custom built rehearsal studios in King Alfreds Youth Activity Centre (KAYAC) on Winnall Valley Road.
Each studio is kitted out with guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, amplifiers, microphones and a PA system. As a WRS member you have the opportunity to learn skills on all these instruments as well as singing and songwriting. You form bands and with help from a team of brilliant volunteer tutors led by Music Leader Chris Redmond, compose your own songs and perform them in our WRS shows twice a year.
It is a lively, creative, supportive atmosphere where all styles of music are explored and people are welcome with all levels of ability. Its a great place to meet and work with other musicians your age.
We pride ourselves on our enthusiasm and creativity and have, over seven years, built a reputation for delivering high quality workshops and performances.
We also work in partnership with other youth based projects, delivering outreach workshops throughout the Winchester Area.
Winnall Rock School invites applications from new members at the end of each term to start the following term. Places are limited and priority is given to young people living in the Winnall, Highcliffe, Stanmore and Weeke neighbourhoods of Winchester. If spaces are available, we’re open to people from all areas of the city.
Winnall Rock School’s Story
Winnall Rock School started up in response to a single mum on the Winnall estate who couldn’t afford guitar lessons for her son. Winchester City Council applied for a Youth Music grant for a two year project in 2004, which was used to purchase instruments and provide free tuition in guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals and performance skills. 50 young people aged between 10 and 18 from Winchester’s most deprived estates/families benefited from that programme. At the end of the two years, there was a desire from the Young People and their families and tutor team and management committee, for the work to continue, and grants from various sources including the two local authorities, has enabled this to happen, delivered by a teaching team led by talented professional musician/poet Chris Redmond (Radio 4/ Tongue Fu).
In 2011 Youth Music awarded a further grant to run additional 1:1 and outreach tuition, and this will be ending in summer 2013, having reached 150 young people, alongside the 30 weekly regular attendees. Recent activities have included a ‘go see’ night out at Eastleigh Music Festival, two days in a professional recording studio for two bands/performers, student performances at city centre and community events, and the annual summer concert in the Theatre Royal and Christmas Gig at the Winnall Community Centre.