glad spectrum music covid

Our Glad Spectrum Music group have been very busy working away remotely during lockdown. This year we are doing our sharing session on zoom, live-streamed to facebook which means a much wider audience than usual can tune in which is a lovely bonus to come out of a difficult time.

We also took part in the Music Education Partnership Group Over the Rainbow project where people all over Scotland performed Somewhere over the Rainbow. Here are some of the videoed performances.

It is a time of reflection as we begin the New Year and what a year it was for us in 2019. We are delivering projects in more schools than ever before and have expanded our practitioner base to match the demand for projects, meaning that our wee corner of music-making is now bigger than ever. Noanie, our administrator, has been in post for over a year now and has become an expert in stringing guitars and repairing ukuleles! Katie and now Morag, project co-ordinator and now acting project co-ordinator have been busy with all things project and funding related, and we are delighted to have received funding from St James’s Place, The Big Lottery and The Robertson Trust.

October 2019 saw our first ever fundraising month which was a great success, we are learning about charitable fundraising all the time and we are so grateful to everyone who donated. We had our first ever Big Christmas Busk in Braehead shopping centre, which was a day filled with hilarity and tunes. The next one will have even more participants involved! There were some wonderful sharing sessions throughout the year, these occasions are always a roller-coaster of laughter to tears, and back again.

The participants are what make Hear My Music what it is, we can’t count the amount of amazing interactions, new communication skills, and musical successes that have happened throughout the year. We created so much music together throughout 2019 and I will leave you with a quote from a song written by a group at Glad Spectrum Music, ‘it’s my favourite thing!’

Happy New Year everyone!

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!

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