The Soundabout Inclusive Choir for Peterborough Youth was launched on Saturday, September 26, and is a partnership between the Soundabout charity and the Peterborough Music Hub.
The choir is for youngsters up to the age of 18, with a focus on ensuring people with severe and profound learning disabilities are able to share their voice. Rehearsals take place fortnightly on Saturday mornings at 11am - the next session is on October 10 via Zoom. The team are hoping that some face-to-face sessions will be able to take place in 2021.
Emma Hughes and Eleanor Gibson are co-directors of the Peterborough choir, and encourage all members to contribute ideas for repertoire. The performances are varied and organised to boost the confidence of the young musicians.
Soundabout took to social media after Saturday's first session, thanking all those who joined the rehearsal, saying they were "all stars".
Louise Foote, mum of choir member Ruari, said: "At our first session with the Soundabout Inclusive Choir for Peterborough Youth we were made so welcome. We had a great hour of singing, signing, sound making and listening. Looking forward to next time!"
Clare Cook, chief executive of Soundabout, said: "Our experience in Oxford has shown us the powerful impact that an inclusive choir has on all involved – creating a musical community around children and young people with disabilities builds confidence in their own musicality and ability to form relationships. Some of the members will be singers, others may use technology or traditional instruments to make their contribution – all are welcome. Our team is aspirational in our approach and we are always looking to create exciting opportunities for leadership and performance within the choir."
To find out more and sign up for the Soundabout Inclusive Choir, see the website and sign up form here.