Hear My Music is shutting down for a couple of weeks holiday after a fantastic fortnight of Glad Summer Music and a very busy year!

Glad Summer Music was full of ideas and creativity. Week one saw some new shaky fruit songs, lots of exploration of the piano, some trips to the moon, and the creation of the summer podcast. This is well worth a listen, we think there should be a full series developed over the next year! Week two got down to business with some serious song learning, discovery of wonderful new piano skills, and a fantastically creative surreal recording of ‘Cows in Narnia by the Purple Pickles.’).

To echo the final words of the summer podcast, ‘Happy Summer!’

After a wonderfully warm summer we are raring to go with new and old projects, the winter term looks like it will be a busy fulfilling one for HMM.

Our adult class in Livingston for the charity MUSAC had an excellent first session back, new songs are brewing and everyone is really pleased with our recent album, recorded just before the holidays. The Cosgrove Care music group, our other adult class, run in partnership with The Glad Foundation also returned after a long break. Fingers crossed the funding continues for this class!

Glad Spectrum Music, our group and individual sessions for autistic children also had some lovely first sessions back. We are forming a small band with some of our older members, I can see this band going far and have big plans for them already! Everyone has grown at a few inches over the summer and lots of our members are becoming more independent.

This term also will see HMM in two new South Lanarkshire schools, Murray primary and Hareleeshill. We are returning to Riverbrae school in Renfrewshire and will also be working with Johnstone High and Our Lady of Peace primary on the YMI inclusion project.

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates, HMM is in the process of expanding so look out for us! We also have t-shirts available to buy for supporters and group members so please get in touch if you would like one!

We had a fantastic time at the St Magnus International festival 2018 creating an interactive film and performance called sounds of surroundings. We worked with pupils in Glaitness Primary School, Kirkwall Grammar School and a young adult from the connect project to create a day in sound. The result was an eclectic journey which the young people contributed to in a variety of ways, including composition, filming, recording and improvisation. You can watch film clips here and listen to sound recordings of some of the compositions below.



We also discovered a wonderfully written account of the 2017 project in the inclusion newsletter written by Megan Crofts. It is well worth taking the time to read this.

 inclusion newsletter

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Glad Summer Music, group and individual sessions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ran for three weeks over the summer holidays. Joni Linsday and Laura Corrigan had a great time, leading everyone on pirate adventures, landing on Skull Island and searching far for treasure. It wouldn't be a Hear My Music project without some deviation from the planned theme and some of us enjoyed exploring using walls, doors, chairs and boxes as musical instruments. Of course there were several creative remixes of the banana song too.

This project was funded by Shared Care Scotland Short Breaks fund. It was a fantastic way to introduce new children to the concept of out of school music activities and we were lucky to work with Cosgrove Care and COAST Autism group to ensure we introduced new participants to the sessions. We hope to see everyone again soon for more musical adventures. 

AmyWe were deeply saddened last week to learn of the death of a bright young community musician, Amy Moar. Amy was involved with Hear My Music as a trainee from the very first project that we ran as an organisation. I met Amy when she was a senior pupil at the City of Edinburgh Music School where she expressed an interest in community music.
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