Clara Amfo and Swarzy Macaly do online BBC workshops

The BBC Living Rooms Sessions – a series of online summer workshops for young people in the Stratford area – will include sessions with BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo and KISS DJ Swarzy Macaly.

The sessions are taking place in advance of the BBC’s move of music studios to East Bank, the creative and cultural quarter on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The East Summer School programme is organised by London Legacy Development Corporation, in partnership with the BBC and a range of community and cultural partners. The school offers three weeks of free online workshops for young people aged between 12-17 – who live in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest – and are interested in creative, tech and design industries.

Beginning today, 3rd August, the BBC Music Living Room Sessions will provide young people with direct access to musicians and some of the BBC’s presenters, including Clara Amfo, RnB dude Nao, and BBC Sounds and Kiss presenter Swarzy Macaly, as they offer advice about working in the broadcasting and creative sectors.

Alan Davey, Controller of Classical Music and BBC Radio 3, and East Bank Sponsor, says: “Part of the reason for moving our music studios to East Bank is so we can engage with the local community through the power of music and public service music outreach work.

“These workshops are very much about us working with local young people to provide music education and careers information from experts who are at the top of their game, perhaps even inspiring the next generation of East London talent who will work for or with the BBC from our new studios in Stratford – creating the new Stratford Sound.”

BBC Sounds and Kiss presenter, Swarzy Macaly, says: “There’s so much to say about working in radio and so I’m really excited to share my story with lots of young people who want to break into the radio and audio industry.

“My story of winning a competition to now hosting KISS Breakfast on Saturday mornings and voicing BBC Sounds is a journey that comes with a rollercoaster of lessons from confidence, hard work, to resilience so I’m looking forward to sharing advice as well as practical advice young people can use now. Born and raised in East London myself, it’s amazing to have the opportunity to speak to all the young people locked in and share some tips and tricks that I would have wanted to know when I was younger. If you love radio, this event is for you!”

BBC Music Living Room Sessions

Monday 3 August
Nao: Creating Your Own Sound

Monday 10 August
Swarzy Macaly: Breaking Into Radio

Friday 14 August
Clara Amfo: My Journey To Radio 1

Class Of Your Own workshops and speakers

Tuesday 4 August
Marvin Ware – Senior Broadcast Music Engineer and Technical Producer
Jenny Barrett and Charlotte Parr – Marketing Executives, BBC London Orchestras & Choirs

Wednesday 5 August
Molly Cockburn and Michael Atkinson – BBCSO musicians
BBC Introducing artist (TBC)

Friday 14 August
Jon Taylor – Programme Director, East Bank Development
Jenny Barrett and Charlotte Parr – Marketing Executives, BBC London Orchestras & Choirs
Lauren Creed – Senior Project Manager
Gabrielle Chudi – New Talent Trainee