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An Afternoon with Hands & Voices

 

 

Sponsored by York Vikings Rotary Club, we’re delighted to be staging the first of our concerts for 2017 on Saturday, March the 4th at Millthorpe School, York from 2:30pm. The concert will feature performances by Hands & Voices (our fabulous singing and signing choir), the incredible IMPs (our award-winning Inclusive Music Project for young people), and visiting choirs from Oaklands School in Cheshire.

All of our performers have been working hard to put together a fantastic programme of songs and original compositions guaranteed to put a smile on your face! The show will finish around 4.30pm and we'd love you to join us afterwards for tea and a slice of cake.

Tickets are £7 or £5 for concessions and will be available on the door. For more information or to reserve a ticket please ring 01904 626965 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £250,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

Cathy

This month we got to have a chat with our newest staff member, Cathy. Cathy joined us in November to take on the role of Learning and Participation Coordinator for our IMPs programme, we're loving having her as part of the AAM team. 

How long have you worked at AAM and what do you do?

I’ve been at AAM for a few months now and I’m the Learning and Participation Coordinator for our IMPs (Inclusive Music Project). That means I organise all the paperwork for the project, keep in touch with all the participants, and develop new parts of the project such as organising holiday clubs and performances. As part of my role, I’ve recently trained as an Arts Award Advisor and I’m excited about rolling out Arts Award across the project for our young people.

What do you enjoy most about working with AAM?

I love being busy and organised so this type of job suits me down to the ground! I also love being involved in the IMPs performances, seeing the participants grow and develop into confident performers is truly inspiring. It doesn’t take much persuasion to get me to join in with the singing either and I’m enjoying learning some sign language as I go!

What did you do before working here?

I’ve done all sorts over the years, from managing projects for small businesses and working in a school office to freelance writing and working for the police as a press officer! I love jobs with plenty of variety and my current role is different every day. Outside of work I run a holiday art club for kids and love getting involved in anything creative that’s happening in and around York.

Tell us one random fact about yourself!

As a young teen, I think Ant OR Dec once asked me out at Kings Cross Station…I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like had I agreed!?

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £250,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

IMPS Comp Home

Our new IMPs (Inclusive Music Project) Holiday Clubs start this February half term and we're inviting young people in York to try our first taster sessions for FREE!

We're offering two different sessions, one for Primary aged children and one for young people aged 11+. Each workshop will provide a fun introduction to music-making, and singing and signing.

 

Our Junior IMPs Club is for children aged 5-10 who love singing and having fun.

In this workshop, children will have the chance to learn to sing and sign fun songs, try out a variety of musical instruments and perform for family and friends at the end of the session.

When: Thursday 23rd February from 9:30am - 12pm

Where: Burton Green Primary School, Burton Green, Clifton, York YO30 6JE. 

You can download a flyer for our Junior workshop here.

 

Our Senior IMPs Club is for young people aged 11+ who love music.

In this fun workshop, young people will get the chance to learn to sing and sign songs or work with musical instruments and music technology to create music to accompany the singing. They'll also get the chance to perform for family and friends at the end of the session.

When: Wednesday 22nd February from 9:30am - 12:30pm

Where: Applefields School, Bad Bargain Lane, York, YO31 0LW.

 You can download a flyer for our Senior workshop here.

You don’t need any previous musical experience to take part in either of the workshops and our sessions are fully inclusive – our experienced workshop leaders support everyone to get involved and express themselves in the way that works best for them.

You can download a flyer for our Senior workshop here.

 

To book a place, or to ask any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a ring on 01904 626965.

We’ve been up to all sorts of good stuff this year at AAM. There are lots of highlights to choose from, but here’s a few of our favourite things from 2016. 

 

Singing & Signing Champions workshopWe started the year by helping North Yorkshire primary schools to become Singing and Signing Champions, as part of an inclusive music project developed by our friends at NYMAZ with the North Yorkshire Music Hub. In February we teamed up with NYMAZ again to deliver I’m Inclusive Too, a music education conference and showcase exploring music and social justice. Speakers and delegates from across the UK came together for a day of discussions, case studies, practical workshops and performances by young musicians. Our IMPs apprentices led singing and signing and music making workshops and the IMPs members all performed at the end of the conference. 

 

Our AbleWeb programme has seen some exciting developments, with the launch of the AbleWeb Apprentice Training Programme and our new Digital Inclusion Workshops. The AbleWeb team have been out and about in the local community too, creating films for St Luke’s Parish Church’s Green at Heart FestivalTang Hall Big Local’s Launch Party and Clifton Ward’s Colourful Clifton event. 

Tang Hall Big Local Launch Filming 

 

Arts Barge PerformanceHands & Voices have been busy performing at gigs and festivals throughout the year, with performances at Coastival and the Arts Barge Riverside Festival, a greatest hits show in March and an Americana-themed set for a recent gig at The Crescent with ace local bands Mulholland, Atomic Raygun and Carrie Martin. The Hands & Voices Apprentices have been busy too, leading workshops and warm ups with lots of primary schools across North Yorkshire as part of the Singing & Signing Champions programme. They also did a warm-up at the Cultural Commissioning Programme conference in Manchester and at the Inclusion in Partner Cities (INKPA) International Disability Event in York. And they performed at the memorial service for long-standing AAM member Hayley Webb, paying tribute to their much-loved friend and colleague.

IMPs AwardsYoung people involved in our IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects) were recognised for the invaluable contributions they make to their local communities this year. The York IMPs Apprentices won the Lord Mayors’ Shine Awards and apprentices and young volunteers from East Riding IMPs were awarded VYPER Awards.

Junior IMPs

We were very excited to launch our new Junior IMPs group in September, for children aged 5-10, as part of an exciting 3-year development plan for the IMPs programme. Look out for new holiday activities launching in February half term.

We’ve welcomed some new faces to the AAM team this year, with Celean Camp joining us as Operations Manager, Kirsty Kingsley as Sensory Development Leader and Cathy Grant taking on the role of Learning & Participation Coordinator. We also have three fantastic new trustees: Ann Dunford, Elizabeth Jones and Lynda Corker. And Siobhan Edwards has joined us as Acting Chair on the AAM Board. We’ll be telling you more about all of them in the new year, it’s great to have them all on board!

And, to wrap up a great year, we were absolutely chuffed to bits to win not one, but two awards at the first ever York Culture Awards. Our IMPS programme won the Cultural Equality and Diversity Award and Rose, our Creative Director was named York’s first Cultural Champion, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the city’s cultural life.

We’ve got an exciting year ahead in 2017. AbleWeb will be 10 years old, Hands & Voices celebrate 20 years and later in the year we’re going to be celebrating AAM’s 35th birthday. We’re looking forward to celebrating with all of you!

Singing & Signing Champions workshop

 

Hannah

This month we got to have a chat with our Communication & Development worker Hannah. Hannah originally joined us on a placement from York St John and she loved us all so much she stayed. 

•    How long have you worked at AAM and what do you do?

I have been working for AAM for 5 ½ years after being a placement student with the amazing Hands and Voices choir and writing my dissertation around music and communication. I have numerous hats at AAM, my main hat being the communication development worker. I’m a Signalong tutor so I can provide training in Sign Supported Communication and lead on the signing for Hands and Voices and Creative Interactions, which is focused on Intensive Interaction and play. Communication isn’t just about the one-to-one interactions with the participants, so I make sure all our resources are fully accessible for our participants, and check out any new developments or practicalities which can be used to better our communication with the participants. I’m also a music facilitator for some of the sensory sessions and the safeguarding officer.

 

    What do you enjoy most about working with AAM?

Where to start?! I love that every week I have the same routine, the same projects to work on, but they are never the same and it never gets boring. I guess it’s getting the simple eye contact that someone wouldn’t give you before, or that person played the drum because they wanted to, not because someone told them to, or someone has finally cracked that sign that’s been challenging them all term. The simple little changes we see in our participants is what makes AAM a truly beautiful place to work.

•    What did you do before working here?

I studied at York St John University studying Performance Music and then went on to study the MA in Community Music at The University of York, and half-way through my MA I started working at AAM. I always had ‘side-line’ jobs as carers or play workers for people with disabilities, which is where my passion for community music came from.

•    Tell us one random fact about yourself!

I’ve never been a ‘sensible’ flute player; I dressed up in a fairy costume whilst playing ‘The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy’ whilst walking down the aisle during my final school performance, I re-arranged ‘Freebird’ by Lynard Skynard for solo flute and wind quartet and played it for a university recital, and managed to get my flute to sound like a steam train in a piece called ‘The Great Train Race’.

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £250,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.