Richard Huish College is delighted to be part of Arts Taunton’s Taunton Youth Culture and Arts (TYCA) festival that takes place on 23rd & 24th October 2020.

Launched in 2019, the festival celebrates all art forms, from acrobatics to 3D art, graffiti to hip hop. In 2020, as the importance of the Arts and providing creative outlets has become even more evident, organisers were determined the festival would go ahead and so this year the event goes virtual.

The theme of this year’s Festival is 2020 Vision for the Future, covering performances and events that reflect on young people’s hope and dreams: their visions.

Amongst the many activities of the weekend, Huish bands, made up of the musicians of the College’s Pop Music course, will be performing on the Open Mic stage. The soloists and bands will cover an array of styles from indie, folk, pop, rock and jazz. Artists include Cam Chilcott (solo singer/songwriter guitarist), Albert Hacker (vocal and guitar), saferinthecity and Redhead & the Reprobates.

Former Huish A Level Music student, JJ Hathaway is also supporting the festival, creating a specially commissioned film and music score for Tyca 2020. Joshua studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after leaving Huish and his music has been performed at various venues in the UK and abroad, including The Barbican, Milton Court, St David’s Hall, The OXO Tower, Southbank, Łódź Concert Hall in Poland, Silk Street Concert Hall and the Dora Stoutzker Hall.

Previously, Joshua was commissioned by the illuminated river foundation to write a large orchestral piece titled Increscent, which premiered on the River Thames in the unveiling of the project with Sadiq Khan. It was also recorded in the Barbican for a studio album and use in installations, streaming and Channel 4, ITN Productions. Illuminated River is an ambitious, new public art commission which will transform the capital at night, lighting up to 15 bridges on the River Thames. Once complete, it will be the longest public art project in the world, seen over 130 million times each year.

Hathaway has created 3 workshops for young people for TYCA festival. Workshop 1, Making Music for Film, teaches you how to write a short melody, think about timbre and colour and find that harmonic landscape. Workshop 2, Harmony and Composition, challenges you to compose your own 4 chords and put them in a sequence that feels natural and interesting. Workshop 3, Film Composition and Logic, shows you how to construct a composition for film using logic/DAWS. All three workshops are free of charge and available online now at www.tycafestival.co.uk. Following the festival, Joshua will also be delivering a live Q&A session at Richard Huish College in November.

For full details of the TYCA festival visit https://tycafestival.co.uk/.