Our mission is simple:
to unlock the potential of all children and young people.
You want your child to be happy. We know that happiness cannot be taught, but we believe that these skills can ignite happiness:
CONFIDENCE, CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION & COMPASSION
If your child grows up with these four skills strongly engrained in them, they are significantly more likely to feel happy and fulfilled.
Sadly, these skills are often not being nurtured in school. This is simply because schools are overwhelmed with the amount of subject-based knowledge children are expected to learn, in order to pass their exams.
We therefore create unique projects that are specifically designed to ignite these crucial skills. We recognise that parents often feel they need 25 hours in a day, so our projects are designed to free up your time whilst your child has fun, learns a lot and unlocks these four awesome skills.
Our daughter (age 7) has been with the Early Energy Centre since she was 4. She loves all the groups she is part of and her confidence in public performance has grown massively. The activities she takes part in are key to her creative development and encourage her to use her imagination in so many different ways.
I cannot recommend the Early Energy Centre for children and young people enough!
I have a child who struggles to leave my side due to separation anxiety and yet now I have a child who loves to go on stage! I have watched her overcome her fears driven by the desire to take part in all the fun that the Early Energy Centre offers them.
Soon-to-be husband and wife team Nic and Kate founded the Early Energy Centre in 2016 with the view to creating more opportunities for young people to experience the arts in Cornwall, UK. They started by setting up Caradon Youth Choir, a small yet mighty group of young singers who performed regularly throughout the year! They steadily grew in number over the next few months...
Following the success of Caradon Youth Choir, Nic and Kate set up Caradon Youth Dance and Theatre too. All three groups rehearsed separately, but came together for big concerts including 'In Flanders Fields' for Remembrance Sunday and 'Joy to the World' at Christmas time. Children aged between 6 and 17 were now regular members of the Early Energy Centre. Alongside the three ensembles, Kate was teaching 1:1 music sessions too. Many of the young musicians were also members of one or more of the ensembles.
April 2018 saw the Early Energy Centre's first ever musical production, the divine musical comedy 'Sister Act'. Caradon Youth Theatre were simply brilliant, enjoying performing the show in Liskeard Methodist Church, complete with a professional 6-piece live band. The stage was set for many more musicals! Caradon Youth Choir and Dance continue to grow from strength to strength and the off-shoot Caradon Youth Chamber Choir was formed, for the more experienced singers.
By now, we were working with around 70 young people aged between 4 and 19. It was becoming increasingly clear that, although the standard of performance was high, the sense of positive wellbeing and fulfilment was simply sky-rocketing. In order to celebrate this, we organised our first huge celebration of life, individuality and identity - This Is Me. All three ensembles came together to sing, dance and act, celebrating who they truly are.
To top off the academic year, a summer project called 'No Place Like' saw all Early Energy Members performing in special locations in South East Cornwall. Each one was made into a short video which you can find on our Youtube Channel.
As all three ensembles grew from strength to strength, Nic and Kate took on the challenge of producing two shows in one term - the brilliant '13 the Musical' and the magical 'Peter Pan'. Both were huge successes. More children joined and took part and the current children continued to improve and grow as individuals.
'This is Me' took place for the second time - making its mark as an annual EEC event, this time in the awe inspiring Carnglaze Caverns. In June, all the ensembles came together again to put on 'Disney in Concert'. This concert was particularly special because world-renowned vocal coach Steven Luke Walker joined the team! Steven has worked on West End Shows including Waitress and Wicked films including the Greatest Showman and Aladdin, coaching Hugh Jackman, Will Smith and Samantha Barks to name a few. Steven was inspired by the work we were doing igniting these young peoples confidence and creativity and we were delighted he came on board!
The year was rounded off with our first ever Awards and Celebration evening as well as the third Joy to the World concert.
2020 kicked off with a bang with the brilliant 'Seussical the Musical'. Our fourth production involved 48 young people and we were absolutely delighted to sell-out every performance, playing to over 800 people in just one week.
We were incredibly fortunate to be able to produce our third 'This Is Me', again in the immense Carnglaze Caverns. However, the very next day it became clear it was no longer to safe to continue to bring our young people together for rehearsals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This brought rehearsals for our most ambitious production to date to an abrupt halt - Jesus Christ Superstar. Whilst we are gutted to have missed the opportunity to perform the timeless rock opera at Easter, we are looking forward to putting it on as soon as it is safe to do so.
With the unexpected pause in rehearsals, we have spent time reflecting and considering what the future Early Energy Centre will look like. It has become clear that the most rewarding part of what we do is watching the children grow in confidence, creativity, communication skills and compassion and now our mission is to reach children all over the UK!
We will be producing a series of projects that children can complete online or with us in person (when time allows), and you can start right now, for free.
We genuinely look forward to you joining us in our journey to unlock your child's potential.
Nic and Kate