On Sunday 4 November, we took our interactive music event for disabled children and their families, creative:space, back to Sevenoaks, thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need and Fidelity Worldwide Investment.
During morning and afternoon events, families listened to lively music performed by Alba Wind Quintet and musical savant, pianist Derek Paravicini (who is blind and has severe learning difficulties). Repertoire included “Morning” from the Peer Gynt suite, Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm’” and the theme from Superman. Derek also played audience requests and the musicians interacted with family members, playing as they wandered through the hall. Create’s workshop leader, Mike Poyser, led a series of interactive music and dance activities that encouraged audience participation, whilst craft materials led to an array of fun, vibrant hand-puppets. Some of the children even had the chance to “take control” and “conduct” one of the musicians!
After the event, one family said that the musicians “had very good understanding of children with disabilities”, whilst another observed that creative:space had a “very relaxed atmosphere: the children really responded to the music”. Reviewing the day, one returning family praised the event, saying it was “another really enjoyable and original event, thank you”.
Want more? Click here to watch a video of creative:space!