Hi Natalie, what is it that you do?
I am the Co-ordinator of Reach Performing Arts. www.reachperformingarts.com
Reach provides performing arts sessions for children and young people teaching dance, singing, and drama. We participate in activities around Kirklees including Jump & Shout, Strictly Pennine Dance Festival both at LBT, Carnivals (Holmfirth, Mirfield, Huddersfield, South Shields, Leeds), Black History events, Jamaica Independence events. It’s a very diverse, multicultural group. We also run holiday schemes, theatre trips, try to obtain casting opportunities, and mount an annual showcase, our last one was Bugsy Malone.
What does music mean to you?
Music can bring people of all cultures and backgrounds together. It’s a source of stress relief and helps me relax. I love to dance, especially to Reggae and R&B.
What was the first piece of music you brought?
I think it was Cliff Richard but can’t remember which one.
What is the best live music experience you have attended?
Greenhead Park for Jamaica’s 50th independence with Freddy McGregor. I felt exhilarated and in a happy place, especially as there was a screen showing the Olympics when Jamaica came 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
What could be better about the Kirklees Music scene?
I think we need more venues. Although I love all types of music, there are not enough playing Reggae.
What current artist/band/ song are you listening to?
Drake. Patty Labelle, Jill Scott, Eryka Badu, Still love Smokey Robinson, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Mortimer, Morgan Heritage, Stormzy, Skepta and the list goes on…
What three things would you like to see happen at the festival?
Introduction of new music. More people, including schools, exposed to a variety of music and more music venues.
Finally, what is Your choice for Kirklees Music and Me Jukebox?
Morgan Heritage – Tell Me How Come.