“I used to think that music was like lace upon a garment, nice to have but not necessary. I have come to believe that music is essential to our community life.”
George Eastman - an American entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company

This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The project forms part of a wider regional Arts Dialogue Youth4Peace programme with additional support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The aim of the project is to use music to provide a platform for children and young people in Mild Ulster area Northern Ireland to express their identity, needs, gifts, stories and sense of belonging. Music productions from the project will explore themes of equality. human rights, environment, community, mental health, youth, peace and security. The themes echo UN Resolution 2250, the first ever thematic resolution on Youth, Peace and Security. This historic document is very important for all young peace builders worldwide because it brings recognition and legitimacy for youth’s efforts in building peace.

In March 2020 due to CoVid-19 workshops began online.  The project is operating in bubbles or 'Aria's, each Aria working on a specific music production. As part of the project we created a new musical instrument - The Bon Guitar (see picture below). Designed by inventor Patrick Finnegan the guitars are made from donated good wood from community bonfires. 

The Orchestra of Change Project is open to anyone 10-18 years who plays and instrument or likes to sing. All abilities and levels welcome
For more information how to get involved contact Darren Ferguson info.beyondskin@gmail.com   mobile/whatsapp 07877756987   www.beyondskin.net