A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate

Soul and Sound

The Library Sessions



The Library Sessions is a showcase of young, up-and-coming talent from across London and the UK. Within the sessions, singers, instrumentalists and spoken word artists will have the opportunity to perform their music at the historic Valence Library, to members of the Becontree community and to an online audience and fan-base. Soul and Sound is working together with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Culture and Recreational Team and a team of students who will take full control of key areas of production: set design, sound and lighting, filming, editing, social media, marketing and outreach.

A variety of musicians will be featured on the website and social media channels once a month. These sessions will be live streamed, edited and released each week, with a small number of audience members permitted to attend the live sessions, in-line with COVID-19 public health guidelines.

If you would like to apply for auditions and take part in the Library Sessions then follow the link to register your interest - click here.

Soul and Sound was founded in 2010 and works to inform, train, guide and empower young people, families and other disadvantaged groups from BAME, marginalised and socially-excluded communities. To date, their accredited programmes have supported over 300 young people and families, providing unique opportunities and experiences for those that have wanted to get into the music, arts or horticulture sectors.