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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:

  • Drum Circles
  • West African Rhythm/Song/Dance
  • Arabic rhythm/song 
  • Gamelan (traditional Indonesian percussive music)
  • Sound therapy
  • World/old-time singing
  • Soundscapes
  • Electronic music/turntablism
  • Guitar/band projects for youth
  • Kantele/Ukulele workshops
  • Ukulele singalong
  • Early Years music ( 0 to 5 yrs)
  • Song circles
  • Guitar workshops
  • Violin/Keyboard workshops

HUGE THANK YOU!

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:

  1. Providing weekly music sessions, tailored to meet the needs of our groups, from sound therapy to singing, drum circles, West African rhythm/song/dance, soundscapes and gamelan. 
  2. Music Workshops in  the park for the wider community
  3. Compose original songs and pieces of music
  4. Hire qualified music facilitators and local support musicians.

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!

Music for all

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.

Testimonials

It’s wonderful for our groups to play instruments and sing songs from their countries. Everyone feels uplifted and relaxed after a workshop.

Refugee Council

I can highly recommend Hull Sound Circles, they have been entertaining the people at Endike Community Care with some wonderful experiences and sounds. We were absolutely enthralled with the music and instruments brought to us on three occasions, and booked in for more as everyone enjoyed and participated so much.

Endike Community Care

Hull Sound Circles has been visiting our centre for vulnerable adults. They have brought to us a number of different sound therapy workshops which have been a fantastic addition to our programme. Our sensory students have benefit from the soothing Himalayan sound bath, from ancient gongs and singing bowls and the sounds given off have been tremendously relaxing and have turned various spaces within our building in to a zen-like environment which gained instant results with some of our more challenging clients. Our unsupported students have thoroughly enjoyed the drumming workshops  and not to mention our recent invite to the Albemarle to experience the Gamelan! It was out of this world!  Can’t recommend enough! Thank you! 

Senses charity

Thank you to Hull Sound Circles for all the fantastic sessions at the North Hull Memory cafe they are fabulous, and thoroughly enjoyed by us all.  We all feel uplifted after one of the sessions.

Alzheimer’s Society

Hull Drum Circle

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. 

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