creative:space returns to Milton Keynes

cs MK 1On Sunday 27 October, we returned to The Stables in Milton Keynes with creative:space, our interactive music event for disabled children and their families, thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need.

During morning and afternoon events, families listened to lively music performed by Manchester Reed Quintet and musical savant, pianist Derek Paravicini (who is blind and has severe learning difficulties).  Repertoire included classics such as  Moon River, ABBA’s Dancing Queen and the Simpsons theme tune.  Derek also played audience requests and the musicians interacted with family members, playing their instruments (and cucumbers!) 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 masks.  Some of the children even had the chance to “take control” and conduct the musicians!

After the event, one family said: “We have two autistic children and never go to concerts or theatres other than creative:space. It’s a wonderful chance to share an activity with your entire family.  We never miss one!”

Want more?  Click here to watch a video of creative:space and here to see photos of the event!  Book for creative:space in London on 30 November 2013 here.