Make Some Noise is inviting families and employees from the MOD’s Beacon Barracks in Stafford to take part in an exciting new music based youth project.

Connect Create is aimed at helping to integrate forces and civilian communities living in Staffordshire and will bring together young people aged 13-18 from Beacon Barracks, Stafford and Whittington Barracks, Lichfield with civilian young people of the same age living in their local community.

Connect Create will bring the groups together in a series of fun, interactive sessions using music to engage the young people in discussion around certain issues affecting them and to share their experiences.    The first few sessions of the project will be delivered separately to each group of young people at both barracks and will run simultaneously to a group of up to 15 civilian young people from each of the areas.  Make Some Noise professional musicians include; International Chart Topping Musician Meldra Guza and Birmingham Poet Laureate Finalist Alan (Kurly) McGeachie who will bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to work with the young people, providing additional support and guidance.  The project will culminate in a showcase event later in the year where the young participants will perform together for family, friends and the local community.

Cat Crum, Programme Development Officer for Make Some Noise said: “We are keen to hear from anyone aged 13-18 who is musical, who may be part of a band and needs somewhere to rehearse after school. This project will provide the perfect opportunity to have fun with music, meet other young people and develop skills”.

Free drop-in sessions are currently running in Stafford on Thursdays at 6pm at MOD Beacon Barracks, Stafford. ST18 0FZ. These are open to 13-18 year olds from both military and civilian communities.
Dates for sessions at MOD Whittington Barracks, Lichfield are yet to be confirmed. Watch this space!

For anyone interested to find out more please contact: Cat Crum, Programme Development Officer for Make Some Noise on 01785 278454 or email:

Connect Create is funded with thanks to the Royal British Legion and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and supported by Musical Communities Consortium, which is funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music.