This year we have been making huge progress towards extending music making opportunities to all of our learners. Following on from our successful partnership with the Muse project last year on developing accessible music provision, we have decided to form our own orchestra. Specialist in assistive music technology, Barry Farimond, has spearheaded the formation of our orchestra alongside music specialist Katrine Reimers.
Pupils have been working in small groups alongside Clarence Adoo and Charlotte White who are both professional musicians and mentors from the British Paralympic Orchestra. It has been an absolute privilege to be a part of this project and see how the creative potential possessed by all of our students can be brought into form.
We has a great first performance the Colston Hall in Bristol on Monday 14th July 2014 with other orchestras from across the South West. Bring on the Albert Hall!
"We have been given the opportunity to work with Barry Farrimond from the MUSE Project; a Community Interest Company funded by the children’s charity Youth Music and Cardiff Metropolitan University. The project uses and promotes music technology to provide creative musical experiences for children and young people with additional support needs. The project will run for the academic year and will aim to engage the students in assisting the design of free music technology software combined with affordable hardware so that everyone can benefit from the results, whether in school or at home."