Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Pause & reflect...

Lead musicians (left to right) Andy Banfield -East Mids, Alex Ivanovich - South West, and Merlyn Sturt - North West, met with Lead Co-ordinator Doug Bott at Bluewater Studios in Ollerton on 28th October to reflect on the Digital Beginnings work so far; reflections which will inform the ongoing work.

The music sessions which are already taking place in the North West and East Midlands are already proving extremely successful in providing opportunities for young disabled people to actively participate in creating and playing music.

Discussions were extremely wide-ranging, but perhaps most useful were those that focussed on striking the best balance between process and 'product', different definitions of what is meant by 'composition' in music and establishing realistic expectations for what each project can achieve in terms of different creative outcomes.

Looking forward to seeing some musical, audio and visual content from the projects up on this blog soon!


Thursday, 15 October 2009


Hello, Its Andy here. I'm working with Ash Lea school which is based in North Leicestershire. I'm assisted by Cherie who is my associate musician, we've had some really successful sessions so far, on our topic "Who am i".
We've been focusing on the things that engage the students. Our first session we got the children to bring in and discuss things that interest's them. And we created some mini podcasts. for each pupil. which was a good starting point, and triggered lots of ideas for the project. Animation, Soundbeam, Sound to film, filming etc.
Myself and Cherie will keep you posted as we go on.

see you on the 27th Andy

Studio Address for the meeting on the 27th Bluewaterstudios Grices Yard Station Road Ollerton Village Ollerton Nottinghamshire NG22 9BN