The 7th of April is fast approaching, a celebration of the talent of the young people of Battersea. Although we are unable to all be physically together for the show at the Clapham Grand, we can still come together to enjoy some of the music that has been created by tuning into www.riversideradio.com on the 7th April at 7pm.
The YES project began at Providence House, a Christian youth and community centre that has been working in Battersea for over 50 years. It has a strong history in relation to music being the home of the sound system and regular Friday night dances enjoyed by so many throughout the 80’s and 90’s. The YES project has developed and grown in recent years, hosting concerts and live lounge events to encourage young people to perform and develop their creative skills.
Since January this year after holding a series of auditions, Providence House has been working with a cast of 35 young performers, ages 13-25, holding regular creative workshops including vocal training, rap and song writing, dance, filming and editing.
The theme of the show is ‘Anything is Possible’. At this time, even more so, we need to be reminded that this is true and we hope that listening to our show tonight will lift your spirits.
The Radio show will only show part of the huge amount of work that has gone into making the Y.E.S. Project a reality. Below is information about the people, organisations and sponsors that have supported the project to happen. All working together for the youth of Battersea.
Y.E.S. Management Committee
Project Manager and Creative Director Esther has been the Senior Youth Worker at Providence House Youth club for 8 years. She is passionate about working with young people to develop their skills and talents, working towards Providence House becoming a creative arts hub for local young people who may not have these opportunities. In her spare time Esther is a singer songwriter and is also part of the community band Young Soul. She is a committed christian and is fully invested in living out her faith through her work at Providence House, in partnership with the local community.
Andrew is delighted to be a part of the Providence House 'YES - Anything Is Possible' management team. Now retired, Andrew has spent most of his working life involved with different communities around the world to empower and improve the lives of the most disadvantaged. Born and brought up in the UK, Andrew emigrated to Canada in 1967 where he made his home for 35 years. He received a BSocSc at Bristol University UK and an MSW from the University of Toronto. After working for several years as a clinical social worker, counsellor and therapist he worked as a Flight Attendant Supervisor for a major airline.. His passion and desire for adventure, exploring other countries and cultures eventually lead him to backpacking in Africa, India and Asia and then to living and working with different local and international humanitarian organisations in Africa, Asia, South America, Canada, UK and USA. Andrew was connected to the YES project as volunteer Project Advisor through Link Up. Being involved has rekindled his enthusiasm for the creative arts and the power they have to change and improve young people's lives.
Christian Gordon AKA LC
He is a young and talented music producer and the resident sound engineer and Providence House. Growing up in the area Christian has worked not only to pursue his musical interests but also to support his local community both in music supporting up and coming local talent as well as through film and photography undertaking projects highlighting the impacts of regeneration and gentrification on his doorstep. Christian has been involved since the beginning of the YES project and is now on the the management committee.
I am 22 years old and graduated in events management in 2019 . I have a passion for running events and am always excited to work on new projects with new people!
My name is Glen Trevis also known as Midas a producer and DJ from London. Ive been producing for just over a year with the name Midas coming from my ability to turn artists work into gold records. I started as a singer and performer before i realised how much i enjoyed working behind the scenes, especially working with young artists mentoring them to be the best perfomers they can be. I specialise in working with Rock bands, Rap artists and Soul singers. My biggest inspirations are Mark Ronson, Fatboy Slim and Freddie Mercury.
Sydney has hosted events at City Hall and Houses of Parliament and works at Battersea arts centre as Assistant to the directors as well as a producer for The Agency. SYDNEY is also a facilitator and runs DIY skincare workshops with community groups.
Our Partners working behind the scenes to make this happen
E33 are a body, mind and soul dance company specialising in improving children’s mental health through physical activity, creativity and personal empowerment. The teachers are professional performing artists from London’s dance industry who have a heart for mentoring and encouraging the next generation of young dancers. They provide young people on the margins of society with professional dance tuition and performance opportunities.
From E33, Kabuki Johnson is a professional dancer and teacher, training and performing in the Street Styles of Hiphop, Popping and Waacking as well as Contemporary and Jazz dance. She studied Choreography and Dance and Education Studies at the University of Winchester.
Kabuki strives to showcase herself as a strong and versatile female dancer having danced as a company member of the Rebirth Network competing in Street Dance competitions and performing in Hiphop Theatre productions; Kabuki is now a company member of BOP Jazz Theatre Company led by Dollie Henry.
Rachel founded E33 Dance company in 2011 focusing on fusing Contemporary Ballet with Capoeira. Her company have performed at The Place, Ballet Rambert and between 2016-18 she created her first film which has shown at The Turbine Theatre, Battersea Power station, Wandsworth Fringe festival and further afield in Finland and Switzerland. Rachel is also a regular guest teacher at Theatre Avatar, Poland. When Rachel’s not dancing she is passionate about mentoring young people and loves teaching the Shine program to young women across London. In 2020 E33 Dance Company launched a brand new children’s company to work alongside the already established professional and youth companies.
Bird Lime Media is a video production company based in east London, creating digital-first content for brands. Their team has over 15 years experience creating video and podcasts for broadcasters, publishers, corporate clients and NGOs. They are a social enterprise production company supporting new talent too. More recently they have enjoyed working with young people in Wandsworth to create audio-visuals for the
YES Project. To learn how to create your own podcast follow the link.
Carney’s Community aims to reduce offending, re-offending and anti-social behaviour, whilst improving social mobility and community cohesion. We achieve this by engaging a range of participants, in positive and constructive activities, with a focus on mentoring and boxing. These participants are from a variety of backgrounds, with a focus on the disadvantaged and excluded. We believe that by empowering young people through mentoring, participation, focusing on their strengths and learning from each other, we can improve not only their opportunities, but also those of their local communities.”
The A.I.M. High Project is a social enterprise that seeks to empower young people, young adults and those working with them through:
· Personal and skills development work
· Bespoke training programmes
· Employment opportunities
They use their collective knowledge and experience to share, build and grow.
The Big Local SW11 Alliance is a Partnership of six local community focussed organisations that wants to work with others, using music, art, food, sports, IT, training and local skills to develop projects that are designed by and for local people to address isolation, loneliness, anxiety and depression in Battersea”.
Sian teaches voice, guitar and live band training at World Heart Beat Music Academy and is currently writing and recording her first EP which will be released later this year. Sian's songwriting fuses the balladic romance of classical jazz and the gritty heavy grunge she grew up listening to, and forces these two at-odds worlds of sound to create a new dark melancholy. Sian has loved working with these performers for the last three months, she has stated, "Across the board you will be blown away by the level of excellence in the artists that you will see this evening."
Londoner Ava Joseph is a talented young vocalist, instrumentalist, songwriter and bandleader steeped in great quality music. She hails from a musical family going back at least 3 generations! A graduate of the famed Brit school she’s just as soulful singing contemporary pop and appears on choice streamed performances in addition to her live gigs. She is part of a group of gifted musicians attending both the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy and World Heart Beat Music Academy where along with her gigs she’s nurtured and encouraged to hone her craft to the highest level.
Caius is pronounced ‘keys’
Caius House is a charity and youth club which has been serving the community of Battersea for over a century.Their Mission is
To be the keystone of inspiration for young people. To ensure every child is included, valued and given the opportunity to fulfil their potential while building the existing Caius House into a centre of excellence that acts as a new model for others.
Waste Not Want Not Project has been in operation since 2017 and is the first project in Battersea to collect surplus food from nearby markets and distribute it through local community and youth centres.
· Creating a respectful approach to food and a greater understanding of our throw-away culture
· Promoting sharing and supportive practices in local community
· Building community cohesion and a sense of belonging through meaningful and rewarding dedication to healthy food and human relationships
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