The dynamic creative arts charity Create is bringing its acclaimed creative:space music events for disabled children and their families to Henry Wood Hall.
Designed by the charity in consultation with disability organisations and parents of disabled children, the events aim to be fun, interactive and inclusive, enabling children and parents to be themselves.
An entirely new 75-minutes programme will be performed by renowned pianist Derek Paravicini and Create's exciting new jazz-funk band. Derek, who is blind and has severe learning difficulties, has been a creative:space regular since the event was launched in 2004.
The members of the jazz-funk band all work on the London music scene in jazz bands, West End shows, big bands, orchestras and chamber groups. Every member brings a different influence to the band and a different style but when they get together its electric!
Interactive activities will be led by Create's workshop leader and there will be plenty of space for children and parents to interact with the musicians, dance, play along with percussion instruments or sit back and listen in a relaxed and friendly environment. Colouring and mask-making activities will also be provided for all the family to enjoy, so that children and their parents can disguise themselves as cheetahs, submarines or even Thomas the Tank Engine.
Create developed creative:space as part of its commitment to increasing creative arts opportunities for those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.
"So many disabled children love (and have a talent for) music but their access to traditional concerts is often restricted because their behaviour can be deemed 'inappropriate'," explains the charity's co-founder and executive director Nicky Goulder.
"When we began developing these events in consultation with parents, our aim was to give disabled children and their families access to first-class music and other creative activities in an environment tailored to suit their needs. It is such a joy to see everyone able to be themselves and have fun."
Related website: www.createarts.org.uk