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School children performing at Bolton Abbey

Musical Monuments

Musical Monuments was a unique and fully inclusive project that brought disabled and non-disabled young people together to create their own musical pieces based at one of North Yorkshire's iconic monuments, culminating in an exciting public performance.

During March 2010, the Musical Monuments project took place at the inspirational Bolton Priory where over 70 young people attending Brooklands Community School, Boyle & Petyt Primary School and Wharfedale Montessori School and College had an opportunity to take part in the project, supported by staff.

Young people using a large interactive keyboard to make sounds

An opportunity was provided for young people to work alongside artists and apprentices with learning difficulties and disabilities from Accessible Arts and Media to write their own music and sounds and perform signed songs (two of which were written by the children themselves), based on the Priory and the monks who used to live there when it was a working monastery.

The final performance was especially moving, with the spectacular Bolton Priory as the backdrop, and was one of the highlights of the year. Not only did the performance attract people from far and wide, there was standing room only. The project received extremely positive feedback from everyone involved.

We had little idea of what to expect before the project started apart from being a good thing to do. Few amongst the general public would have seen how this would or could impact on their lives. All who were in the Priory for the performance could not but feel enriched by the results. George Moffat, Rector at Bolton Priory




You can listen to some of the musical highlights from the Musical Monuments project at Bolton Priory here.