Dust off those licks, pick up those sticks and get ready to rock; children aged 6 to 18 whose only music experience is at home in their bedrooms are being invited to learn how it is done for real.
They’ll spend five days learning about stage presence, having a photoshoot, setting up for a live gig and playing their favourite songs.
After a week of tuition from professional musicians and industry experts, they will fight it out in the Battle of the Bands Competition on Thursday night in front of local judges including presenters from Swindon 105.5’s Late Gig.
"This is the chance for young musicians to bring their talent out of their rooms and unleash it on the stage" said organiser Tracy Warner. "If you play guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, keyboards or can sing then we want to hear from you. Or, if you have never played an instrument before and want to try then come along and have a go."
The workshop, running from 1 to 5 April is at Swindon’s Academy of Music and Sound and is being run by Rockworks Music who will be donating 20% of their ticket sales to local charities. Rockworks was formed several years ago to help children suffering from cutbacks in schools to gain performing experience. Many have gone on to play in their own bands.
"The winners of the Battle of the Bands get a day in a recording studio and an interview on local radio" said Tracy.
"Quite often they get asked to play more gigs and start to gain a name for themselves. A lot of the children enjoy the workshop so much they come back again and again. It’s great to see them develop as musicians and they always put on a great show!"
Details of the workshop, which is being offered at £150 for 6 full days and £80 for morning or afternoon sessions, are available by emailing Tracy Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org or on their website www.rockworksmusic.co.uk.