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Sound Venture

Sound Venture creates bespoke music making opportunities to advance innovation and high quality music experiences for disabled children and young people. Key features of the programme are:

·         Access to music through the use of music technology

·         The development of creative ensemble

·         Providing performance opportunities.

Key highlights

Band Development

Our work with All Saints Youth Project, inclusive out of school provision in Kings Heath led to the development of our in house band SWITCH.

Families

Arts Café, featured accessible live performances by CBSO and Live Music Now players along with interactive music activity and workshops, creating a relaxed space for disabled children and their families to enjoy a holistic music experience.

Music in Theatre

mac makes music works in partnership with Fox Hollies School to support the development of ‘The Company’ –  an inclusive after school theatre company that encourages young people with learning difficulties to create original theatre work together.

mac make music supports the productions through the skills of a resident music leader. The Company create their own compositions which both respond to and influence original stories resulting in a unique style of musical theatre.  

The first production supported by mac makes music was ‘Big Fox Little Fox Cardboard Box’, inspired by the book: ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’, which reflected on homelessness and isolation. With a moving original score and songs, using both traditional instruments and cardboard box percussion, everyone on stage became a musician. The show was performed in mac’s main theatre to a public audience and at Mencap’s national conference.

Music Making at mac

Childrens Action Team Support (CATS) is a voluntary organisation working to support families with disabled children in Balsall Heath. In a week long residency at mac, young people explored a wide range of music resources and activities together: including music technology; writing lyrics; singing and rapping and, a particular favourite, playing drum kit.

“I loved making music! First time, I played with guitars, drums, violins and tapped on them, felt them vibrating on my fingertips, sensation was lovely! All these beautiful sounds keep me calm and smiling for long.”

Young Person from CATS

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