Inclusivity

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Pimlott Foundation aims primarily to offer young musicians the opportunity to work alongside professionals. It also aims to bring music to groups of people who have not had the opportunity to be involved – for physical, environmental or financial reasons. We are an inclusive organisation, and have recently been working to bring together people from the local area – of all ages and experience, to promote live music in a community setting. We have a regular concert programme, (www.pimlottfoundation.org), which offers our musicians a platform to perform. We also have a schools’ partnership, and staff and students from these schools regularly participate in workshops and concerts with Pimlott Foundation.
Our base is in Great Horkesley, but we try to use venues throughout Colchester, to enable wider access to events.


This choir was formed after our production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ . Parents wanted to sing with their children, and the choir began. Two years later, the choir has evolved into a group of 30+, with members ranging from 8 years old to 80 years old. Inclusivity is crucial. Over half the members cannot read music, we have local elderly residents, family groups, and also singers facing mental and physical challenges. The group is directed by Adey Grummet (www.adey.drupalgardens.com), a London based practitioner who has a wealth of experience, and is totally inspirational for our choir. The choir has now become a community project. We meet on a monthly basis, and are hoping to meet fortnightly as from October. The choir sings in Pimlott events, and also for local care homes, the elderly and wherever we are needed! There is always a challenge. Some choir members sang in ‘l’enfance du Christ’ by Berlioz last year – so there is also an educational aspect to this
group.
Singing is a healthy activity. Research shows that singing together offers physical and mental benefits. We have certainly seen evidence of this. There is a wonderful mixing of ages and experiences. New friendships have been forged, and we have seen musical skills developed, and people who have never sung, describing it as the ‘best thing they have done’ – both as families and within the community. Social skills have also developed, and members feel they also have the opportunity to offer their music to the wider community.
Members are willing to contribute financially to the workshops, but we need music,a regular pianist, and of course Adey, who is now part of the group! The family choir is more than just a choir.

www.pimlottfoundation.org

Pimlott Foundation

Location: Great Horkesley

I am proud to be part of this organisation because of its inclusivity, and its ability to unite all communities - including professional musicians, aspiring young performers, experienced singers who work alongside total beginners, local schools, and above all, local people from all backgrounds.
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