We have four Music Clubs in Yorkshire, Manchester and London and we hope to restart a club in Peterborough early this year. Recently, we launched two further groups in conjunction with the Nottingham City Music Hub and the North East Hub Cluster (which covers Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle.
This project has had a ripple effect of inspiration on many Music Education Hubs nationally and there has been renewed enthusiasm for new groups to be set up in other areas. This will enable us to spread wider and reduce travel for deaf young people.
Whilst we work with many deaf children, we are always delighted to welcome more. Most of the children who join the clubs have little or no experience of playing a musical instrument (in many cases because they had not been offered the opportunity.) For those with existing musical skills, our activities provide them an opportunity to shine. Playing alongside their peers, with highly trained tutors and sign language interpreters, all the children are given the very best experience of group music making.
The ages of the young members range from 8 to 20. If your child wants to come along to one of our sessions to find out more, we would be delighted to offer a tour. Please note that we strongly recommend for all young members to have instrumental tuition outside the clubs so that they can progress and have the best possible experience from our sessions. We may be able to provide instruments ourselves and support you with finding lessons with suitably trained teachers.
15 year old Thomas West from Leeds, took an interest in the piano through Music and the Deaf and is now working on his grade 4. He has performed in several prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and has won composition awards at the National Festival of Music for Youth. His mum says “… the project has given him so much joy. He has learnt new skills, but above all else, he has made new friends”.
19 year old Jake from Calderdale began playing the cello through Music and the Deaf when he was 8. His mum wrote to Music and the Deaf saying, saying that this charity “has been such a huge part of Jake’s life and without MatD, Jake certainly wouldn’t be where he is as a person today… I am so grateful for that as you are all such good role models”.
COMING SOON – During 2014, we will be running new Music Clubs in Kent and East Sussex (Brighton.) If you would like to register your interest, please contact Lea Turner, our Projects Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01484 483115 or mobile text / Facetime 07790185225
If your child wants to take part in any of the ensembles. Please contact your nearest coordinator:
Fiona Lamb (Yorkshire) email@example.com
Robbie Fulford (North West) firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Newman (London) email@example.com
Kathryn Jill Walker (North East) Kathryn.Walker@northumberland.gov.uk
Lea Turner (Music and the Deaf) for general enquirers and press information: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01484 483115 or mobile text / Facetime: 07790185225