Due to open in Harnham, Salisbury in early 2017 The Bunker is set to become the No.1 music facility for children and teenagers in the U.K.
Three years in the making this inspirational and unique project makes use of a fascinating local asset that has stood empty for decades. Working in partnership with Wiltshire and Salisbury Council has enabled us to provide the first free and truly sustainable music facility for young people.
Before the final planning meeting, thanks to Ben Moore from BBC South Today- looking forward to seeing you at the launch!!
The property known as the Harnham communication bunker will become a music based education centre for young people from as young as 7 years old. The Bunker will offer 1 to 1 music tuition, the popular 'School of Rock' classes, a state of the art recording studio, fully equipped 'live' and 'silent' rehearsal rooms, and the highly regarded youth service provision. In addition alternative provision education will be offered to students identified as struggling to thrive in mainstream education environments. The free and sustainable open access youth service will be provided with full access to all facilities, all staffed by highly qualified experienced professionals from The Sound Emporium from this extraordinary venue! (click below to visit their website)
A huge thank you to our friends at Spire FM for all their coverage of the project, check out some of the things The Sound Emporium have been up to....
The Harnham Bunker will become a centre of excellence for music and will offer qualifications in the subject to young people in Salisbury. We will use the venue as a recognised examination centre and expand our offering to provide higher qualifications across all musical disciplines.
We will provide an alternative to a traditional school setting that will offer a new and exciting curriculum delivered by qualified teaching professionals specialising in music. This alternative provision will allow focused learning in which students will work towards achieving recognised awards and qualifications. The emphasis will be on student led objective setting, self directed learning and pathways into the workplace, with particular focus on music industry careers.
This alternative provision will be available to all groups of young people but has been proven to be particularly successful for excluded pupils and pupils who are at risk of exclusion from their traditional school placements.
Finally a smaller, effectively staffed provision like this one also allows managed social interaction and confidence building for young people struggling with anxiety disorders, encourages acceptance and teaches tolerance for all types of young people regardless of ability.
The overarching aim of this project, across all products and services is to engage with young people and make an investment in all our futures by investing in them.
Read the letters of support for this project by clicking on Testimonials
Thank you to Joe Riddle at The Salisbury Journal for his interest in the story so far!