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Music gets a boost

Milton Keynes songwriter Dan Plews has been awarded EU funds to help him run singing workshops around the world.

Dan runs a company called Aortas (Association for Oral Traditions and Songwriting) and is hoping to run his workshops across the UK and in Poland, Slovenia, Ireland and Germany.

He is also running an open mic slot every week at The Vaults Bar, in Stony Stratford, in an aim to help boost the local music scene.

He said: “It’s low key, but high quality acoustic music.

“While the Milton Keynes music scene doesn’t need defibrillation, I kind of thought it could do with a bit of a heart massage, so I’m opening its shirt and jumping on its ribs.

“Aortas stands for Association for Oral Traditions and Songwriting – traditional music and songwriting being my two musical passions.”

Aortas is still a hobby for Dan, who works during the daytime as a teacher in the music department of Northampton’s College and University.

Music in Milton Keynes is also being given a boost with the creation of a new music studio for young people.

The Jonathans Youth Project, in Coffee Hall, aims to give people aged 13-19 years the chance to create their own lyrics and record their own music.

The project has been funded by Milton Keynes Council in an aim to help engage young people in positive activity.

It is hoped it will eventually lead to live performances at local community fun days and other events.

Nearby Beanhill Youth Club is also offering free music lessons for young people who attend the club.


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