The day had a broad remit, and while the primary focus was on work delivered by professional musicians with for and by children and young people living with disabilities both in and out of school. There was also an exploration of the work being delivered by disabled musicians through the keynote presentation from Lloyd Coleman, Assistant Music Director of the Paraorchestra - a unique ensemble of professional disabled musicians.
Throughout the day there were inspirational presentations and discussions from organisations undertaking innovative work in this field from across the UK. This included the CBSO, Live Music Now, Orchestras Live and Mac Makes Music, as well as including closing comments from Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive of Youth Music. Presentations explored the outcomes, challenges and benefits of different approaches for young people with disabilities, musicians and organisations, and included a lively discussion forum which enabled musicians to debate and share their own experiences of working with in SEND settings.
‘I was pleased with the open and honest conversations taking place throughout the day, and felt particularly enlightened listening to the CBSO musicians talk about the work they have been delivering in West Midlands special schools.’
- Lloyd Coleman, Assistant Music Director of the Paraorchestra
"The CBSO has a long history of providing creative music making activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and this report highlights the impact that our work has on the lives of the young people, their families, teachers and musicians involved in these activities."