On Sunday 25 March, over 100 disabled children and their families danced, sang, played percussion and decorated hand puppets at our interactive music event, creative:space, at The Stables in Milton Keynes. Music for the event was performed by the renowned pianist Derek Paravicini, a musical savant who is blind and has severe learning difficulties, and the Alba Wind Quintet. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody as well as a chance for the participants to conduct the band!
creative:space has been carefully designed to allow disabled children access to music in a safe, relaxed environment. One of the parents commented, “My son loves music! Seeing him enjoying himself was so wonderful! Everyone was brilliant!” Another one said that “there was no pressure put on anyone to participate which makes it easier to do if you want to.”
We launched creative:space in 2005 following extensive and ongoing consultation with disability organisations and families with disabled children. The event makes high quality music and other creative activities accessible to those who are so often excluded because their behaviour is deemed ‘inappropriate’ or ‘disruptive’. The events create an environment in which disabled children and their families can enjoy a social time together, feel special and have fun in an informal environment specifically tailored to their needs.
Why not have a look at photos of the event on our Facebook page?