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I'm Inclusive Conference - March 2014 Ron Cooke Hub, York



The Inclusive Music Conference and Showcase was a fantastic opportunity to bring together a wide range of inclusive music projects from the Yorkshire area. Jointly hosted by NYMAZ and Accessible Arts and Media, the day offered an inclusive opportunity to enjoy and explore many of the local inclusion projects funded by Youth Music as well as the opportunity to improve skills in a series of professional development workshops. We also welcomed a wide variety of organisations in the Yorkshire & Humberside region who came along to talk about their work with young people.

 The opening welcome from Dom Smith set the tone for a vibrant day of performances and workshops and from the very start all of our guests were challenged to make the most of the many training sessions, marketplace stalls and festival performances:

• A visit to the Theremin Bollard demonstration?

• Attend Phil Mullen’s Working with Excluded Children Workshop?

• Join in with Music and the Deaf’s Yorkshire Music Club’s practical session?

• Visit Jessie’s fund or Yamsen in the market place?

The choices were many….

The performances throughout the day were fantastic and very well received by all


'Great performances from Chilli Bon Bon – really enjoyed seeing their film project in the 3Sixty space'



MiXiT, from County Durham, delivered a superb 30 minute set with numbers including ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry and ‘Wings’ by Little Mix in their own inimitable and inclusive style.


'MiXiT were very inspiring and engaging'





Accessible Arts and Media’s IMPs group (Inclusive Music Project) based in York and East Riding brought along some fantastic interactive presentations as well as joining with Hands and Voices for the final performance. There were also workshops for young people including: IMPs Singing and Signing; the University of York’s Music Education Group who ran a Music and Movement workshop; and The Sloop Group’s Castaway fleet – crewed by young people with a passion for making noise! These workshops were a fantastic opportunity for young trainee music leaders, disabled and non-disabled, to share their skills and their passion for music making.

There was plenty of technology to see – Apollo Ensemble brought along a range of controllers to explore how to control music, light and image – making music technology accessible to all. The Amazing Music Technology project session offered an insight into this project which works with children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to make music. There was even an opportunity to explore Vibroacoustic Therapy with Accessible Arts and Media’s iMUSE.

If you still had time left you could have attended the Exploring Gamelan workshop hosted by Music4U,


attended a CPD session on working with children on the autistic spectrum facilitated by Tina Pinder,

‘Tina’s session reminded me of the need for structure and the fact that young people on the autistic spectrum often experiencing anxiety – as practitioners we need to be aware of this'

or listened to David Howard demonstrating the vocal tract organ which uses 3D prints of human vocal tracts which can sing under user control. 


‘What a vibrant mixture of teachers, workshop leaders AND young people with their parents/carers. The final performances were great –they put the whole day into context!’

Fortunately we still all had enough energy left for the final Big Sing – led by Hands and Voices and IMPs – AA&M’s Singing and Signing Choirs – bringing a joyful close to a fantastic day.


NYMAZ and Accessible Arts would like to thank the following for their support and contribution to this event. Drake Music, Dept of Electronics UofY, Music and the Deaf, Phil Mullen, Yorkshire Youth and Music and Andrew Cleaton, Tina Pinder, Apollo Ensemble, Theremin Bollards, MEG, Music4U, Castaway, York IMP’s, East Riding IMP’s Chilli Bon Bon, MiXiT, Jessies Fund, Yamsen, York Arts Education Music Hub, Cathy Roberts /NYCC & North Yorkshire Music Hub, Youth Music, Live Music Now, The Ron Cooke Hub staff and all the volunteers who gave their time so generously to support the young people throughout the day. We can't wait to do it all again in 2016!

If you want to get even more of a sense of what a brilliant day I'm Inclusive was, have a look at our I'm Inclusive Showcase video filmed by our AbleWeb Team.