This year, thanks to the Wellesley Charitable Foundation we have run some great inclusive music workshops with lots more to come.
My collaborative work with Wellspring has been going on for a number of years now. It was in 2009 that I started partnership work, so it’ll be about 15 years of music making! It has been inspirational, creative and wonderful to see people come together.
I started this year back at Kingslea Primary School in Horsham, working with some Year 5 children on their SEN register. There were three sessions in total which ran alongside lessons with their whole class.
We recorded vocals, made beats and edited music with some pro music software! The sessions were really valuable as it gave the children more time on the tech and enabled them to get ahead of the game with the classroom sessions. They really gained in confidence and at times were showing some of the other children how to use the software.
Here’s some feedback from Mr Hill the
Year 5 teacher: “Thanks for everything you do for the children, they loved the sessions!”
We also ran a drop in music session at QM Studios in Horsham for under 25s. The session featured some great DJs and there was a very special guest appearance from Dom Beatbox who has helped me many times at Wellspring sessions. Dom got everyone involved in beatboxing; passing the mic around the room, while I helped keep the beat on the drum kit. It was such a lovely atmosphere with lots of instruments and tech used by all. A great music session with a positive social vibe!
Here’s some feedback from a parent at the session: “Henry was buzzing after the session and can’t wait to DJ at the next Blue Oasis!”
The Blue Oasis Club in Horsham is a great way to showcase our DJs and groups that have benefitted from funding through Wellspring West Sussex and it’s also a great night out. There are club nights on 13th September and
15th November at the Drill Hall in Horsham. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have lots more sessions planned for this year with the funding. I have five sessions scheduled for an after school club at Manor Green College delivering electronic music and DJ sessions.
I’m back at the amazing PACSO Summer Playscheme in August for drumming and DJ sessions – can’t wait!! Also some very special news – Boom Tribe Inclusive Samba Band will be drumming alongside Chestnut Tree House at ‘Pride’ in Brighton! It’ll be great to support them and bring awareness to their great work. Good times ahead, so watch this space!