From Derry to Morocco – Unique Nerve Centre Music Collaboration

From Derry to Morocco – Unique Nerve Centre Music Collaboration

A delegation from the Nerve Centre’s music team, in partnership with the British Council, travelled to Morocco last month for a five-day intensive music workshop with young international musicians.

Nerve Centre’s Head of Music, Martin McGill was joined by singer/songwriter Glenn Rossborough and new and former Musician-in-Residences Marty Coyle and David Lyttle.

The ‘Pop Up Studio’ programme was held in Youssouifia for 25 young semi-professional musicians and focused on learning and skills development in the music industry. The musicians came from neighbouring cities including Marakesh and Benguerir. Over the five days, the Northern Ireland delegation worked with them on all elements from; songwriting, recording and production to event management and marketing.

Working alongside renowned Moroccan musicians, Amine Hamma and Mustapha Slameur they prepared the young people for their first live performance in front of 1,000 people in a popular local souk, unaccustomed to staging large showcase events.  

Farah Fawzi, British Council, Project Manager Arts said: 'We are very glad to have the Nerve Centre involved in the Pop Up Studio project, a skills development initiative directed towards young semi-professional musicians, a first of its kind in Morocco. Martin and the Nerve crew did a great job connecting with our young participants whose feedback at the end of this exciting experience was extremely positive. As British Council Morocco, we hope this will be the beginning of a long-lasting and successful collaboration with the Nerve Centre.'

Newly-named Musician-in-Residence Marty Coyle will further the links established with the Moroccan music scene for an exciting intercontinental recording collaboration later this year. Local musicians wanting to get involved are encouraged to contact Marty at the Nerve Centre by emailing

Additional images from the project are available on our Facebook page. 

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