Lockdown Look Back: Interview with Patrick McKay, SMA3SO

 “We decided to put a smile on people’s faces.” Patrick McKay founded the St Michael & All Angels Steel Orchestra (SMA3SO) in north London to support young people aged 8-25 in his area. The ensemble uses the power of music to bring people together. They have...

Lockdown Look Back: Interview with Mike Cox, Bedford Free School

Mike Cox teaches at Bedford Free School and has taken part in Big Ideas First World War centenary projects including The Unremembered and Trailblazers as well as Aspire to Engineer challenges. This is his LockDown Lookback: “Going back to school in September we had to...

Lockdown Look Back: Interview with Zi Lan Liao of Pagoda Arts

Zi Lan Liao runs Pagoda Arts, a youth orchestra based in the Chinese community in Liverpool.  The group has taken part in commemoration projects with Big Ideas, including a memorable day with Everton FC and Liverpool FC Academy players visiting the graves of members...

Big Ideas Revive: Happiness Day

Big Ideas kicked off Big Ideas Revive with the theme of ‘Happiness’ – inviting inspirational speakers from the Big Ideas ‘friends and family’ to join the team for a series of workshops and conversations. Each speaker brought a different perspective on the...