Claiming centre stage
for young talent with disability
Music of Life Foundation is proud to introduce some of participants who have been involved in our projects over the past years.
ELM COURT SCHOOL STUDENTS
Elm Court School is a mixed school for students ages 11-16 with complex needs. All students have a statement of Special Educational Needs. Six of the students have been chosen for a Music of Life concert with Vasari Singers at Temple Church in Spring 2012
STEPPING STONES SCHOOL STUDENTS
Stepping Stones is a school where children with mild disabilities / hemiplegia can really thrive and fulfil their potential. Students from Stepping Stones School have been involved in several Music of Life concerts over the past few years, including memorable events in Birmingham, Guildford and Winchester
Claire has a diagnosis of Semantic Pragmatic Disorder in the Autistic Spectrum. Because of her special needs, she was educated at home up to GCSE level. Between 1998 and 2008 she worked with tutors on an Applied Behavioural Programme, helping her to learn to make friends, to function in the community and not to have obsessive behaviours.
Lloyd Coleman iis an emerging composer, clarinettist and conductor who was born in South Wales. Despite a disability that made him partially deaf and restricted his sight he is a promising young musician. His new Olympic-themed piece is to be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2012.
Thomas Blumire is currently a student at Treloar College and Alton College, Hampshire where he is studying A level music and photography.
Elizabeth Powell started playing a specially adapted one-handed recorder in school at the age of 8. She then looked for an orchestral instrument to learn and chose the French horn which being played mainly with the left hand was an ideal choice as she has right-sided hemiplegia.
Ben was born in St Austell, Cornwall in July 1993 and has grown up there, attending Mount Charles County Primary School and now Penrice Community College.
Ruth was the first deaf person to graduate with a music degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2005. She appeared as soloist alongside Dame Evelyn Glennie in major symphony concerts that were filmed by BBC.
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