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It’s Jamm-packed with top talent
11:11am Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
THIS weekend will see a fresh beat pumping from the heart of an historic building that was once a recruiting post where volunteers signed up to serve in the Great War.
Number 22 Volunteer Street has been transformed from its previous incarnation as a pub to become a music centre, where tutors will look to nurture young talent.
Jamm Studios will be unveiled this Sunday, housing seven sound-proofed teaching rooms and a recording booth.
The empty building, its last guise being the Flagship pub, was snapped up by entrepreneurs last year and has been converted thanks to significant investment.
Owners hope the venue, once a recruiting post for the St Helens PALS (11th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment) during the First World War, will take music tuition and performing arts to a new level in St Helens.
In what represents a sign of their intention to capture the imagination of local youngsters, Jamm bosses have booked Snarky Puppy, a collective of musicians from Dallas and New York, to appear in the venue’s concert hall next Friday, November 9.
Dominic Randolfi, an accomplished musician who manages the studios, said: “We want to change the fact that so many young musicians are simply taken through music in their front rooms and never take the step to becoming musicians and playing with other people.
“With the facilities we have we are looking to break that trend and not only give the students the skills they need to perform and work with other musicians, but also give them the platform to do that.
“We have scoured the country and hand-picked who we feel to be the best and most talented tutors for our studios.
“On the back of the recent Pride of St Helens Awards this is the time for talent in St Helens to express themselves and get involved in an organisation that can help realise their dreams.”
The grand opening is noon on Sunday, when visitors are invited to check out the studios.
Tutors will provide entertainment and be on hand to discuss musical ideas with potential students.
Jamm will offer lessons on a range of instruments, and tutors’ goals will be to encourage students to perform and study hard for musical qualifications.
Jamm Studios have secured an exhibition performance by touring American Band Snarky Puppy, all of who are Grammy award-winning Artists.
Check out facebook.com/jammstudios for ticketing details.
For more information contact the studios on 0800 840 0831 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on Jamm Studios and Snarky Puppy’s date see next week’s Star.