Apprentices

Although we don't have any apprenticeships to offer right now, you can hear from some of our former apprentices here:

 


MIKE CANNING - Apprentice

MUSICAL NOTES 

What do you do for PMZ?
I am an apprentice and a volunteer. I help in three sessions a week: in ‘Highbury’ - a weekly session for people with disabilities - I help Shane and (Paul) Lacey the Music Leaders.  I set up equipment that’s needed for the sessions and assist with music-making, mainly digital technology, during the session itself.  I also support in 'Jam Band' (an after-school session for young people) where I help with the sound levels.  I  help Dave with many things in ‘Tempo’ - PMZ’s youth forum.  The group meets weekly and gives young people the opportunity to have a voice within the organisation.

Do you play any instruments?
I play midi keyboard and an iPad, I also try a bit of singing now and then.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
A set of drums because I can sometimes be loud!

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has helped build up my confidence and all the people at PMZ have helped me grow as a person.   As a result it’s enabled me to volunteer at SCOPE and I also now enjoy volunteering for iOrchestra once a year.   I don't think I would ever have tried to volunteer for Highbury if I wasn't at PMZ.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
I volunteer and work for many places. Sometimes I feel as though I don't get treated equally.  However at PMZ I feel as though they are like another family.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I think it was one of the “Now that's what I call Music” CDs, I enjoy a variety of different types of music from 60s to heavy rock and some of today’s chart hits.


Sophie Rowe

SOPHIE ROWE - Apprentice

MUSICAL NOTES 

What do you do for PMZ?
I’m one of the newest Project Crossovers Apprentices.  I’m currently involved in 'Tiny Tunes' and 'Keep Singing Keepsake' Sessions with Rachel and Simon.  I also make teas for people and do some astonishingly good administration work.

Do you play any instruments?
A little guitar, ukulele, piano and can warble a tune or two.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
A Theremin.  If you know of it you'll understand, if you don't, click here for a real treat. 

What has music done for you in your life?
What has music done for me?  Well it just about links in with every memory, event, all the people I've met and places I've been.  It's also helped to give me a voice to express myself in a way that nothing else could.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The diversity of people you get to work with.  My groups range from 9 months old to 90, they're really a smashing bunch and all as cheeky as each other!  And well, the PMZers aren't bad either.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I wish I could say it was the B52's or something but it was actually the theme to the Barcelona Olympics, you know the one that Freddie Mercury did with the opera singer?  It was right before tapes came out.  I still have it in my collection.  It’s especially good speeded up as I found out recently via my new Crowsley suitcase record player.

The first record which really had a major impact on me musically was my mum's Jethro Tull Album, ‘Thick as a Brick’. The album cover was a full sized newspaper, which opened out and had silly stories and even a naked woman dot to dot!  Shocking I know.  The title track was so amazing - like nothing I had ever heard and I remember thinking, now this is music!  I was about 7 years old and my love of folk and prog probably stems from that moment.   I was lucky enough to see Ian Anderson at the Fowey Daphne Du Maurier Festival where he played that song, one of THE moments of my life to have that childhood memory come to life in front of me.  Then... whilst seeing Bjork at Glastonbury (another MONUMENTAL life moment to see her genius at work) I met a guy and a girl who I was selling candle flares to in the crowd and we talked about where we were all from.  As it turned out he was only the Seth Lakeman and she had actually been the fiddle player playing with Ian Anderson at that very concert!!!  A string of brilliant events threaded together by my music loves, thanks for reminding me!

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?

 

LYNSEY DART - Apprentice

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I'm an apprentice. I go into a few sessions every week and help the music leaders out.  

Do you play any instruments?
I used to play the piano. I mainly try to sing nowadays.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
Hahaha! Probably bag pipes because I like making noise!

What has music done for you in your life?
Well I'll try to keep this brief! Music makes me feel complete.  Music has allowed me to form friendships with the most unlikely people. Music has been a catalyst and helped me to bring people together.  What I love about music is, it allows people from different backgrounds to to meet as equals.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Being part of the thing that people really look forward to.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Haha! I remember my parents bought me Michael Jackson's 'Bad' album on cassette for Christmas when I was about four (I have cool parents) but as I'm from the cassette tape generation the first cassette I bought (this is so embarrassing) was 'I've got a little something for ya' by MN8..... Oohh! The shame!