Tracy Brabin: Here's how youngsters can train up and work with promoters who brought George Ezra, Limp Bizkit and many more to Halifax's Piece Hall
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Following the huge success of its live gigs – which have seen the likes of Sting, George Ezra and Tom Jones at the historic venue – The Piece Hall is working with promoters Cuffe and Taylor and Tracy Brabin to offer a new “skills bootcamp”.
The intensive 12-week training programme will be delivered at The Orange Box Young People’s Centre, next to The Piece Hall, by specialists from Production Park’s Academy of Live Technology in Wakefield.
Students will learn how to run and crew major concerts and events, getting to grips with core aspects such as sound, lighting, rigging and staging.
Nicky Chance-Thompson, chief executive of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “We’ve had a vision at the trust to create opportunities for employment in music and live events for some time and I’m incredibly grateful to the mayor for agreeing to fund this training.
“Our 2023 gig season, in partnership with Cuffe and Taylor, was our biggest and best yet and we’re passionate about sharing this success as widely as possible.
“It’s always been part of the plan to help open doors in the creative industries for disadvantaged young people, marginalised and minority groups and our involvement in the live events skills bootcamp is just the start.
"The Live at The Piece Hall series is the perfect vehicle to help those who may otherwise struggle to get a foot on the ladder.”
Funded by the mayor through the Department for Education, the Skills Bootcamp for Live Events will equip people with the skills they need.
The training also aims move people on to potential opportunities with Cuffe and Taylor to support future events at The Piece Hall and beyond.
Peter Taylor, co-founder of Cuffe and Taylor, said: “There is an incredible amount that goes into staging headline shows at The Piece Hall and crew are called in from all over the UK to enable us to do this.
"Our aim is to be able to tap into a locally sourced workforce. This is a great way to achieve this goal and help young people discover the many fantastic careers open to them.”