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.
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.”