Hull Sound Circles
Hull Sound Circles is a non-profit community music organisation based in Kingston upon Hull. We provide educational, cultural, recreational and therapeutic music workshops for local organisations, charities and the wider community.
Learning and playing music enables people to gain transferrable skills, such as listening, communication, fine motor skills and teamwork. Music is also a powerful medicinal tool for mental and physical well-being. Academic evidence highlights the health benefits of recreational music making.
Each workshop is individually tailored to meet the needs and requirements of our participants, through reflective and reflexive practice, evaluation and monitoring we ensure our sessions are people led.
We offer a variety of workshops that bring all cultures, ages and abilities together to share inclusive musical experiences. We offer young people the chance to gain the valuable Arts Award at four levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver.
We work with young people of socioeconomic disadvantage, people with SEND/PLMD, people with sight /hearing impairment, people with Alzheimers/Dementia, the elderly, refugees and asylum seekers.
We employ local professional musicians and facilitators to deliver a wide variety of music workshops including:
We are one of the winners of the People’s Project 2019!
Third year lucky! The work started in July 2018 for the 2019 round. Thank you to all the organisations, communities, and people who voted for us, shared our poster online, and encouraged people to vote. We feel so fortunate that so many people believe in Music for All and the work we do – community music! Thanks to the crew for all their hard work, dedication, and musicianship. Further details about the project and how we are spending the funding to benefit our local communities are provided below.
What we are doing with the funding:
Organisations we work with:
The Music for All project has been a huge success. We have received positive feedback from all the organisations we are working with, namely Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Endike Community Care, 5 Senses, Your Life, Active Care, Humberside Independent Care Association, Pearson park trust and Refugee Council, as well as from kids, teenagers, the wider community, with our workshops held in local community centres and in the parks!
We are delivering ‘Sound Circles’ and Sound Therapy to a variety of groups in their own settings. In our Sound Circles we include Drum Circle elements as well as West African/Arabic rhythms, World/Old time songs and Soundscapes. We use Guitars, Kantele’s and Ukuleles.
It is an inclusive musical adventure, taking the group on a journey, encouraging individual and group creativity with an emphasis on mental and physical well-being. Building and developing music skills at the same time.
Each circle is tailored specifically to the needs of the group to provide the most inclusive and enjoyable experience for our participants.
In 2016, Hull Sound Circles delivered the Hull Drum Circle project funded by the Arts Council and Big Lottery.
The project provided a weekly facilitated drum circle that was open to the local community (15 years upwards), using a variety of interesting drums and percussion instruments from around the world. We provided all of the instruments, which included drums such as congas, tubanos, darbukas, frame drums and djembes and percussion instruments, such as hand-held gongs, wah-wah tubes, shakers, wood and different types of bells. We incorporated songs from around the world, vocal improvisation, body percussion and set polyrhythmic rhythms. The venue was lit with soft lighting, using coloured lights to provide a relaxed atmosphere in which participants could be free to be in the moment without feeling exposed.