Glasgow's LGBT Young People perform with Feeling

Kieran Murphy
Image: Young musician Kieran Murphy. Taken by Emma Levy.

LGBT young people from Glasgow join young people from London, Manchester, Brighton and Havant to perform songs with Dan Gillespie Sells, the lead singer from pop band The Feeling, as part of a Wellcome Trust project exploring issues related to relationships, sexual health, sexual attitudes and stigmas.

The Wellcome Trust and the Roundhouse present Sounds of Sexology, the final showcase of a nationwide Sexology Songwriting project, on Tuesday February 17, 2015.

This one-of-a-kind event will bring together a series of partnerships between young people (16+), sexologists and songwriters from across the UK, to share their music in a live performance at the Roundhouse. The event will be hosted by TV and YouTube science presenter Greg Foot, and live streamed online as part of Roundhouse Rising, a festival of emerging music talent.

The project has seen the groups work with researchers and songwriters to craft creative responses to topics including: sexual health, body image, stereotypes, sex and everyday life, sex and relationships education, LGBT youth, mental health and consent.

In Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University’s Dr Karen Lorimer teamed up with LGBT Youth Scotland, community music charity New Rhythms for Glasgow, and art-space Tramway, to encourage young people to explore sexual attitudes and behaviours through research and song-writing.

Dr Lorimer says: “It’s been wonderful to work with young people, training them to become researchers and guiding them through the research process to bring science and art together. It’s been truly rewarding to see their confidence and understanding grow.”

Stephen King of LGBT Youth Scotland says “It has been inspiring to work with the young people along this creative learning journey. The quality of the music, and the depth of learning has exceed expectations. Music is a powerful medium to explore issues of sex, relationships and identity – the young people’s performances really demonstrate this.”  

Special guest Dan Gillespie Sells, songwriter and frontman of UK band The Feeling, will give a performance of his own on the night. He said: “I was delighted to visit the writing workshops recently. I was so impressed by what I heard and found the whole project so inspiring. I can't wait to hear some of the finished work and I'm excited about being involved with something so innovative.”

Leah Holmes, project lead at the Wellcome Trust, said: “Sounds of Sexology has been an incredible experience. The creativity and enthusiasm that we’ve seen from the participants as they’ve engaged with some of the most progressive research available has been inspiring, and we are thrilled to be able to share their talent as part of Roundhouse Rising.”

Sounds of Sexology is part of an eclectic national season linking events taking place inside and outside of Wellcome Collection’s London exhibition, The Institute of Sexology, where some of the songs will be made available at listening posts, as well as online.

Tune in to the live stream of the event at 7pm on Tuesday 17 February on the Roundhouse Rising website.