Afrobeat artist and MOBO nominee Silvastone is director of White Hut Studios in Education based in New Addington together with Miriam Thomson who is a director and senior mentor.
The London-based musician has worked with Rita Ora, Hollywood film director Tyler Perry and the Netflix original “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” to name a few – Miriam has a world of experience in working with young people and their families, spanning back to well over 10 years. She has been acknowledged throughout the Borough for her excellent work with children and young people throughout Croydon.
“White Hut Studios in Education was birthed in the belief that we can all do far more than we ever thought possible, when given the right support and help. I have travelled the world in my career and worked with so many artists, and I am very happy to be giving something back to the young people who are the next generation”.
“I believe in the young people of Croydon. We hear negative reports in the media a lot, however we see differently. We see young people that have a vision and drive and the ability to accomplish so much, they just sometimes need a helping hand, and we are here to lend that hand. With the right mind set and motivation, these kids can achieve anything”.
“Miriam and Davidson from White Hut Studios are an asset to the Croydon Community. They are very good at engaging with student/children. Miriam nurturers strengths and encourages the Young people to do their best. The students are there legacy. They are very creative in their style and presentation, which is an asset their occupation. This was clearly shown in the children’s performance. It was to a very high standard and the children were a credit to White Hut Studios. It showed the commitment that had been put into the performance from White Hut Studios. Again, Miriam is an asset to her profession.”
“Here at Purley Oaks we greatly valued the impact you had on the group of children you worked with last year. Not only were they privileged to learn the whole process of writing songs and recording them, they were able to develop other invaluable skills as well. They worked as a team, with children they wouldn’t normally have worked with; their confidence and self-esteem rose as a result of your enthusiasm and encouragement and they were able to develop performance skills by sharing their composition with the school community. You certainly inspired them and I hope they continue to develop their interest in composition and performance at Secondary"
"White Hut Studios has been an effective resource for our Rhyme & Reason Music Mentoring Programme and youth crime prevention work with vulnerable young people since 2008. In addition to excellent music production provision, White Hut Studios provide mentoring for our young people that help them to develop transferable skills, which they can take forward in other areas of their lives beyond music."