Haverhill teen organises a youth music night in order to give young musicians a platform
A teenage rapper from Haverhill has organised a music event in his home town that will give aspiring musicians a platform to show off their talents - while also raising money for charities.
Kian Reeve, who is 15 and lives in Fallowfield Court, came up with the idea of putting on the event four months ago, but it wasn't until the start of July that the wheels were put in motion, since when he says 'it has all happened very quickly.'
As a result of his endeavours, the event, Minor Scale, will take place at Haverhill Arts Centre on Saturday, September 14, where he himself will be among the eight acts taking part.
The line up features singer songwriters, rappers and guitarists, and has, as Kian said 'a mix of everything.'
"I had the idea of coming up with something for young people to with music because I know a lot of people who are really into music and want to perform and make it big but we have no way of getting it out there."
Kian, who has been into rap music for as long as he can remember, added: "I've been brought up with it pretty much.
"It's always been a massive part of my life and i enjoy it so why not do something about it."
The arts centre is the ideal venue, he added, as it is closest to where most of the performers live.
It is also a venue known to Kian as he has been a cast member of two recent Centre Stage Company productions held there; Our House and History Boys.
The show is not just about the young musicians taking the opportunity to perform.
It is also being used as an opportunity to raise money for two charities that the performers have all agreed would be worthy recipients.
All, profits, said Kian, will go to Reach Community Projects and Lives Not Knives, with the latter charity being one that he thinks is very important in the current social climate.
The Castle Manor Academy student said: "It will show other people our age that you can have a passion, and hopefully inspire the youth to pursue music and their talents, instead of moving in the streets and carrying knives, especially since this is a major problem in the UK at the moment, affecting everywhere, including us and people we all know."
Minor Scale starts at 7pm and is a non-alcoholic event at which anyone under-14 must be accompanied.
Tickets are £5 each and can be bought by calling 01440 714140 or via www.haverhillartscemntre.co.uk.
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