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Circle of Light Album Created by Young People in Nottingham Launches on World Mental Health Day

Fri 27th Sept 2019

by CQ

An emotionally cathartic album created by young people in Nottingham this summer as a way of exploring mental health issues is set to be released on World Mental Health Day with a live show at Confetti’s Metronome.

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“I'm completely blown away by what we achieved in three weeks. There is something special that happens when you put people together who all have a similar interest or something in common. Beyond all the music, what we had was people jumping out of bed in the morning and racing to get to the studio and leaving with a smile. Some people just need a little boost and inspiration, that can be life changing. We also have a world class album, in my opinion one of the best albums to ever come out of our city.”


“I never thought I would be contributing to an album and it’s given me a massive sense of achievement. Not having a creative outlet was really affecting my mental health and it could have been a dark summer but thanks to this project, I’ve had loads of support and it turned into something light.”

Tiffany Holland
BBC Nottinghams Summaya Mughal with Scorzayzee Credit Emma Ford Photography

BBC Nottingham's Summaya Mughal with Scorzayzee - Emma Ford Photography

“It’s been amazing to work with such a high calibre of industry professionals. As a result, I’ve now got my first ever track recorded and it’s given me the impetus to crack on and work hard at my music. Talking to people in the industry has also been massively useful to help understand how the business works.”

Izaak Lowe

“The project has really helped me and I’m so glad I took part as mental health should be talked about more. I’ve never managed to finish a track by myself but being around working musicians has been really helpful. I’m so happy with the outcome and my song Swim. It’s a very important track to me, it talks about drowning in emotions and underneath someone’s power and being in an abusive relationship.”

Mae Monypenny
Circle of Light workshops at Metronome

Circle of Light workshops at Metronome - Emma Ford Photography

“We are so proud of everyone who has been involved in Circle of Light. The collaborations and relationships that have been formed have been amazing. It’s so important to give young people a platform to speak out about mental health and use it as a way to help others who may be facing their own struggles too. That’s not to say the resulting album is in any way gloomy, it’s a joyful exploration of all aspects of human life and features everything from folk and hip hop to raps and heartfelt ballads”

Tricia Gardiner, Project Co-ordinator

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