Devesh Sodha – a young Leicester based composer won the Best Producer Award sponsored by Steinberg at the inaugural national Youth Music Awards, for his outstanding technical skills in music production, engineering, mixing and/or mastering.
Devesh took part in Phizzical’s Music Pathways programme in association with Attenborough Arts Centre in 2015. The project was led by tabla maestro Rishii Chowdhury and saw composers, singers and musicians inspire a new generation of Asian music creators. Artists like Navin Kundra, Niraj Chag, Pavan Verma and Raiomond Mirza shared their stories to develop musical leadership in young people.
Youth Music currently supports 89,000 young people each year through more than 350 music projects across the UK, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Youth Music are also behind projects that support people experiencing homelessness, metal health and learning disabilities in order to provide access to music for all.
This year’s awards took place on October 16, with 2019 also marking Youth Music’s 20th anniversary. Among the guests in attendance on the night were Rag’n’Bone Man, Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga, Bicep, George The Poet and Chelcee Grimes.