Talking About Old Records

Charity Shop DJ has teamed up with Dr Matt Connell of Nottingham Trent University to help bridge the generation gap through a shared love of music


Welcome to Talking About Old Records

Talking About Old Records


Talking About Old Records is an intergenerational music project bringing teenagers and pensioners together through a range of intergenerational DJ workshops, intergenerational music workshops, and performances

Talking About Old Records


Working with charities, local authorities, community groups and schools, the project uses our shared love of music to foster real communication across the generations

Talking About Old Records


The music people are into may be very different, but whatever the style and whatever the format, the love of music can bring people together

"All I'm asking is for a little respect. Find out what it means to me"   Aretha Franklin

"Unambiguous joy. I've never seen such diversity"  (Richard Talaska, Older People's Consultancy Officer, Derby City Council)

"Soon we started talking about music and we realised a lot of today's music is in the same style as the older music. It's just different bands singing the tunes"   [Libby, 13]


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What is Talking About Old Records?

The project works through building creative partnerships and cross sectoral links to create new spaces in which people from different generations and backgrounds can communicate with each other in a spirit of equality and respect.

The project also brings together youth services and older people's services and highlights the benefits of using the arts to pursue Local Area Agreements.


The project is delivered through a series of intergenerational DJ workshops in which participants mix the sounds of yesteryear with the formats of tomorrow, teaching each other to play DJ equipment. This experience provides a catalyst for conversation, interaction, skills transfer, and performance.

A collaboration between Charity Shop DJ and Nottingham Trent University, the project works by achieving real and creative cross-sectoral partnerships. A big shout out to the Bemrose Community School, Staveley Seniors, Aurora Music Project, Churchside Walk Community Coffee Club, Renaissance East Midlands, the Golden Age Club, Derby, and all the other wonderful people and organisations who have taken up this project and mixed it for themselves.

Examples of our Work

Talking About Old Records at One8

One8 at Nottingham Castle

Find out what happened when Bemrose Community School, Derby went head to head with Churchside Walk Coffee Club at the One8 Festival at Nottingham Castle.

The project was featured on BBC East Midlands Today. Click here to see it.

Read about the One8 Festival


Talking About Old Records at Staveley

Staveley Pilot Project

This exciting project was piloted in the summer of 2007 in the ex-coalfields communities of Staveley and Killamarsh. Members of the Staveley Seniors Forum mashed it up with young people from the Aurora Music Project and created North East Derbyshire's first intergenerational sound system.

The project was featured in The Guardian. Click here to read it.

Read about The Staveley Pilot Project


Talking About Old Records

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Talking About Old Records Staveley
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Click here to see Talking About Old Records on BBC East Midlands Today

If you would like to find out more about our work, or if you would like our team to run an event for you, please contact:

Andy Jupp:  Tel: 07803 164394    Email:

Matt Connell:  Tel: 0115 848 6663    Email:

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