We loved recording our Christmas songs
On Tuesday Filipe (Grace's dad) was in recording all of our wonderful Christmas songs to go out on RamsgateRadio.com at 3pm on Christmas Day. Here is what he had to say about Ramsgate Radio:
.The biggest ambition for Ramsgate Radio is to bridge across divides that exist amongst our community here in Ramsgate - to include, celebrate and most importantly listen to one another. This mission runs in the DNA of the work we produce. We are building content that deserves to be listened to, that is a reflection of the place we live in. Content that not only empowers the makers and listeners alike, but that nourishes our sense of community.
For a large proportion of our spoken content, we’re shining a light on the true heroes that live amongst us and that are at times unnoticed. We’re adopting a kind of ‘ investigative/learning’ approach to building this work, often not knowing much about the individuals prior to talking to them. We just want to listen and share. It’s that desire that is at the core of our drive. It’s not driven by anything other than the power of pointing a microphone, and the statement we make by doing so; ‘we are listening and we want to help others listen to you.’
In these challenging times, the act of listening is often enough. It’s enough for the teacher who voluntarily works overtime for our children, for the mental health workers working in challenging conditions, for the youth workers who continually work for our most vulnerable young people, and for those who so bravely confront their demons so that others aren’t alone. Listening isn’t always the cure to our problems, but it is a start. Like pointing the microphone, it’s a statement founded on acknowledgement and respect.
This Christmas Ramsgate Radio will offer its listeners a small glimpse in to the amazing work of the Ramsgate Arts School. We’re so conscious that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging and unique time for so many of us. Under normal circumstances, our schools would be inviting ‘grown ups’ in to watch their children celebrate the festive period through performance. The process of building a performance and to then step out on to a stage to showcase it, is easy to underestimate. However, the very act has the potential to empower our little ones in the most beautiful way; it potentially offers their first encounter with collaboration and mutual dependency in realising a common goal - it’s such a powerful way of introducing our little children to the concept of unity.
The current pandemic has disrupted these events and our little ones won’t get to experience this in the same way as older children have. Therefore, Ramsgate Radio wants to, in a tiny way, bring some of this experience to our children. There’s something about having a producer coming in to the school with lots of microphones and cables that creates a sense of anticipation and excitement - to then share that performance within a Radio context is a little like stepping out on to a stage. All we have to do is listen and be proud that our little ones were brave enough to step out in front of scary microphones and tangle cables.
Listen to the performance on RamsgateRadio.com at 3pm on Christmas Day.