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A Message from Mikey...

The Show Must Go On(line)

Last Saturday (21st March) would have been the 'Alchemy Lifestyle' showcase as part of the Lewisham Live Festival at Goldsmiths University. It is so disappointing not to be able to welcome you all to hear the incredible talented performances of Lewisham's young community who usually meet at Goldsmiths every Saturday to develop their music skills. The rehearsals were sounding so good.

Alchemy has been running for three years now thanks to the generosity of the music department, the widening participation staff and an incredible team of music and life mentors.

In the coming weeks we plan to find a way to run the project online in some way - but I would still like to celebrate the brilliant achievements of the young Alchemy artists today by sharing with you the Lewisham Live / NX Records 2020 Mixtape featuring many of the new tracks that have been created by the young Alchemy artists over the past few weeks, as well as tracks from Albany Youth Music projects. Many thanks to Richard Greenan for putting this together.

You can listen here:

As I mentioned above - without an outstanding team, Alchemy would not be possible. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to following individuals:

Local School Partners:

Jake Armstrong (Addey & Stanhope)

Abigail Rodriguez & Romayle Wade (Prendergast Vale)

Hannah Thomas & Jana Jones (Forest Hill Boys)

Celine Nembhard (Deptford Green)

Ex-Alchemy member and current volunteer mentor (starting STaCS degree at Goldsmiths this Autumn):

Kieron Morris (aka KamZz)

Goldsmiths music student mentors:

James Creed

Luis John

Dinah Hayward

Scott MacDonald

Professional music mentors:

Martin Vito (aka King Vito)

Tomáš Kašpar

Mentor Supervisors:

Anabela Semedo

Lara Pereira

STaCS placement students / mentors:

Terral Burgess-Christopher

Declan Grant

Widening Participation support and careers mentor:

Sophie Rowe

Music Outreach support:

Joe Newman

Local partners:

Kirsty Collander-Brown (Albany Theatre)

Robyn Kasozi (Migration Museum)

Natasha Hoare (CCA Goldsmiths)

Music Technicians:

Ed & Abi

Extra special thanks:

Mehrangez Rahman has been working so hard on funding applications to help secure the future and growth of Alchemy.

This is a very challenging time for all of us, our whole community, and we have to find creative solutions fast to keep moving forward and supporting one another. I look forward to working with you all again in person as soon as possible. If I or Alchemy can help in an way at all during these difficult months ahead, don't hesitate to contact me.

Hopefully we will have a new summer mixtape release to share with you in a couple of months.

Thanks for reading, sending well wishes to you all.


- Project lead at Goldsmiths

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