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BBC Introducing in Bristol: 'Music saved my life'

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Tom Young Tom Young | 16:46 UK time, Thursday, 24 May 2012

Our friends at BBC Introducing in Bristol have made a documentary looking at the power of music as a tool for personal, emotional and physical development.
Take a look at this promotional film for the documentary 'Music saved my life' and then read presenter Sam Bonham's experiences of making the programme.

Bristol is a city with a strong musical heritage and there are several established and popular community projects, bringing people together and tapping into music performance, song writing and collaboration as a way to empower people. I've been talking to some of those who attend the community music projects in the city and I've heard stories of people needing music to survive and more importantly, needing community music projects to connect with music. It's been a fascinating journey and even raised questions for me concerning my relationship with music.

Empror

Empror near his home in Easter (© Chaz Oliver)

I've also found some some incredible success stories, with several of the artists who attend these community music projects going onto bigger things. For example, MC artist Empror attended a number of community projects in Bristol, using the free studio time and receiving emotional support. Now, three years after attending his first music project, Empror is an established musician having performed at BBC 1Xtra Live and recently entertaining crowds at Bristol's Olympic Torch Relay event.

'Music Saved My Life' is on BBC Radio Bristol at 6pm on Tuesday 5 June and will be avaiable on BBC iPlayer for the following seven days.
Sam Bonham (BBC Introducing in Bristol)

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