During his Creative Health Residency, Reload will be exploring non-verbal storytelling through rap music and movement fused with orchestral composition, electronic music, and acoustic folk.

The perspective of a young black father living in an inner-city neighbourhood, his project Father/Hood explores themes such as poverty, ‘adultification’, hope and aspirations, and special educational needs (SEN) through collaborative efforts with live musicians, electronic producers, and practitioners from the education and health sectors.

Reload returns to Britten Pears Arts following his Residency in 2019 during which he created the EP, ‘The Book Of Malachi’. The key aim of this Residency is to complete his follow-up EP, ‘The Book of Leo’, but more than that, Reload wants to combine his roles in education and writing/performing to create a holistic piece of work that can impact a variety of audiences.

Creative Health Residencies provide time and space for creators at all stages of their careers; a supportive environment to create, be curious, and try out new ideas. Open Sessions offer a unique chance to go behind the scenes and experience work-in-progress created during the Residency.

About Reload
Hailing from Wolverhampton, Reload is an award-winning musician, lyricist and writer. Having spent the best part of his professional career as a social commentator and storyteller, Reload has managed to amalgamate his passion for rap music with a unique and rich vein of literature.

Having performed at some of the biggest festivals across Europe, and being championed by key tastemakers from Radio 1, Capital Xtra and Apple Radio, Reload’s vivid wordplay and ear-catching hooks have made him one of the West Midlands’ best-known secrets.

Although music makes up the majority of Reload’s creative expression, he is also a well-versed poet, playwright, novelist and educator. His work has been showcased at some of the biggest institutions and galleries in the country.

About Creative Health Residencies
Creative Health Residencies are cross-sector residencies grounded in research, combining theory and practice. They allow artists, researchers and other practitioners to work collaboratively and delve more deeply into questions about music’s place, purpose and function in the world.

We believe in an ethos of co-production, enabling collaboration with experts and those with lived experience from the very early stages of a project. We would like to see experimentation with different ways of co-creating work with participants.

This event is supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund.

General booking opens Saturday 25 November at 10am.

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