Learn and Join In - Patrick Music and Multimedia Studio

The Patrick Music and Multimedia Studio was opened in 2003 thanks to the generous support of The Patrick Trust. The studio facility offers opportunities for young people and adults who are often facing challenging personal circumstances. Programmes delivered with these groups can often lead to a qualification such as an Arts Award as well as improving health, happiness and future aspirations.

Chris Cuthbert from Acquis Media maintains the smooth running of the studio. Acquis Media originally designed the suite which offers facilities to create film, animation and music using both entry level and high end software. Chris has been a great support to our education projects, understanding the needs of artists, tutors and participants who use our studio.

THSH Artist-In-ResidenceSam Underwood, a musician, sound artist and musical instrument designer has a Sonic Research Lab set-up in a room connected to the studio. Sam has been an inspiration and has opened our mind to exciting projects and opportunities.

Projects currently running in our studio:

Project SoundLounge offers a group of 16-25 year olds the opportunity to develop their professional skills and experience by working alongside industry professionals as a team to create, plan, programme, produce and deliver live music events at Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall venues. The team, who will be starting work on the 2014 project shortly, will develop their skills and experience in Programming, Producing, Leadership, Event Management, Marketing, PR and Digital Media.

“The Patrick Media Studio was our base throughout the project. It was the space where the team would come together to share and discuss creative ideas, meet with professionals, plan our festival and use its software and equipment to promote, document and support our activity. The new team will certainly benefit from the studio throughout this year’s project.”Reuben Reynolds

Squeaky Gate is an extraordinary and creative charity, empowering people through music and the arts. Delivering a wide programme of live performance, creative training and accredited learning, focusing on producing and performing strong and original work.

Each week we have two courses running in the Patrick Studio that enable students to develop music-making skills through the use of computers. Students start with Garageband, a very simple piece of software, and progress to the more complicated Logic Pro. Each student uses computer sequencing software to produce and arrange their own creative musical ideas.

Beatfreeks is a dynamic and innovative organisation committed to creating social change, empowering and engaging youth and unleashing creativity in everyone. They offer young people a range of arts, media, training, enterprise and leadership opportunities.

The Beatfreeks THSH Media Academy runs every Wednesday and offers relevant, practical, invaluable and transferable skills to kickstart careers in media and the arts. The course offers 18 – 25 year olds the opportunity to access a 12 week internship including workshops, training, trips, mentoring and the chance to film and edit content for BeatfreeksTV.

The education team have also been working with artists and St. Basils Homeless Settlement to put young participants through the Arts Award scheme with some brilliant results at the end of 2013. Young participants, for most their first visit to THSH, created some fantastic portfolios of work through the use of IT resources available to them in the studio. More sessions are planned for 2014.