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Welcome!  Live In The Lodge is a community-led intergenerational music programme in Falcon Lodge, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, creating and growing together since autumn 2016.

At its heart, Live In The Lodge brings the local community opportunities to take part in free weekly music and instrumental lessons, classes and workshops – open to all ages and abilities, with free instrument loan – on guitar, ukulele, drums, piano/keyboard, improvisation and a community choir.  By early 2020, we had 9 teachers giving over 1200 hours of music classes across the year, with 100+ participants playing and learning together hailing from each of the last nine decades.  Alongside weekly sessions, there are regular participant performances, both in Falcon Lodge and across Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham, and visiting professional guest artists joining us for concerts and gigs in the community.  Take a look at our photo galleries to get a feel for everything we do, and check out What’s On!

With the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, much of our programme quickly moved online, with dozens of instruments being lent out across Falcon Lodge, with ‘live’ weekly digital lessons, classes and rehearsals continuing for over a year, alongside over 200 videos and audio tracks recorded by our teachers, and heartening live Christmas performances safely parading outdoors around the streets of the Lodge.  Gathering together in the local park in spring finally led us back indoors in autumn ’21 – Live in The Lodge gently returning to a safe musical space for the community to share and build.

With music education in schools facing an “unprecedented crisis” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is now even more vital for community music without barriers to access or opportunities playing a small part to strengthen and build a creative, healthy and supportive community, with all the health, education and social benefits it can bring.

From spring 2022, we aim to grow the Live In The Lodge programme to include additional instrumental lessons and new musical experiences from around the world to meet returning and new demand; a series of workshops and performances in the six local schools/colleges for primary and secondary pupils, and students with learning difficulties and special needs; a children’s choir drawn from across the two local primary schools, joining with our existing community choir throughout the year; co-designed workshops in music production for young people and young carers; regular specialist participatory performances for families, parents and children; pop-up music sessions across the school holidays; and bi-monthly professional guest performances in Falcon Lodge from a whole range of genres, chosen by the community.

Live In The Lodge is produced by Mubu Music Projects CIC.

We are extremely grateful for the generous funding and support for 2019-21 from:

Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust
Arts Council England

Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council
The National Lottery Community Fund
The Radcliffe Trust
CAF Tourle Fund 
Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund

William A Cadbury Charitable Trust

From autumn 2016 through to July 2019, LITL was co-produced alongside Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham. The programme has been very generously funded to date by the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, and Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, to whom we give enormous thanks!  Year One was also funded by Connecting Communities Through Culture (Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England and DCLG).

 

 

Come and have a go!

Do you live, work or go to school or church in and around Falcon Lodge?  If you (or your children) would like to come and try any of our friendly weekly sessions, or join in with the community choir, drop us an emailhello@liveinthelodge.co.uk – or say hello on our Facebook page.  If it’s easier to call, leave a message at our office on 0121 794 0552 and we’ll get back to you soon!  We are also at Falcon Lodge Community Centre several times each week during term-time (from mid September) if you would like to come and say hello and see what we’re up to!

Priority for all instrumental sessions is given to everyone who lives, works or goes to school/church in Falcon Lodge and the immediate vicinity.

 

Email Updates …

We send emails to everyone each week with updates on the weekly times, groups, upcoming events, news and photos!  If you don’t need to receive practise times every week and just want to come to some performances or keep up to date with LITL news, we send a monthly update too!  Just pop your details below and tick which emails you’d like to receive, then check your email inbox to confirm

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