Funded by Youth Music, Music Forge is a project for Rutland and Northamptonshire aimed at bringing musical opportunities to children in challenging circumstances.
We continue to focus on providing family-based singing and other music-making activities for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), as well as our Sound Control initiative which explores ways in which SEND children can access digital technology to enhance their musical experiences.
Currently, we are working closely with Rutland County Council’s Aim Higher Team which provides activities and support services for SEND children and young people and their families.
A couple of projects which are rapidly becoming regular fixtures in the diary are:
- Two of our Musical Inclusion team, Kate Rounding (a multi-instrumentalist, composer and studio engineer) and Daniel Johnson (DJ and music producer), have been visiting Youth CHAOS (Chatty Happy Activities On Saturdays) in the village of Greetham. The group, which caters for young people aged 11 to 25 with disabilities or additional needs, is trying out different types of music technology and generally having fun exploring new sounds.
- The Relaxed Singalong team (usually based at the Kettering Music and Performing Arts) made an initial foray across into Rutland at the end of February and is looking forward to making another visit in June. The 'relaxed singalongs' are just that… opportunities for families and carers with SEND children to come and enjoy singing together in an open, inclusive and relaxed environment.
More information about the Aiming Higher programme can be found here:
Details about Youth CHAOS in Greetham can be found here: