Keynsham Mencap's Music Man group put on first show ahead of London concert

December 23 2018
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A group of musicians with learning disabilities took to the stage before Christmas in their first ever public concert.

It was a good warm-up for members of Keynsham Mencap’s Music Man Project, who have been invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in April next year.

Their show at Keynsham Methodist Church on December 7 included a range of original songs and Christmas tunes as well as some solo performances, including a cover of Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill sung by Josh with accompaniment from volunteer helper Holly Morwenna.

The group was formed in April to give people of all abilities the opportunity to learn and enjoy music and is led by music teacher Naomi Tarrant.

Members were delighted to demonstrate how much they had learned at the concert, which was watched by more than 80 people.

Operations manager Laura Jefferies said: “It is incredible to see how much this hard-working group have developed. They are testament to the fact that with the right support, encouragement and belief people with learning disabilities can achieve their highest goals and aspirations. They put on a wonderful show and should all be very proud of themselves.”

Funds raised during the concert will go towards the cost of travel and accommodation when the group performs in London next year. The show at the Royal Albert Hall will involve more than 200 people with learning disabilities performing alongside massed choirs and an orchestra.

The Music Man Project is run on a Saturday morning at Queens Road Methodist Centre and is always looking for people who can volunteer to help at the sessions – contact Laura Jefferies at laura@keynshammencap.org.uk  or call 0117 986 5659 for more information.