Now in its ninth year, Sound it Out is an organisation offering people the opportunity to be part of a vibrant network connected by their music.
Projects allow people from all cross-sections of the community to be involved, including the elderly, isolated, disabled and youth groups. One of its projects, Musical Connections, nurtures and enhances musical skills through workshops and recording for those isolated within the community.
Last week saw its summer production at the Midland Arts Centre, a chance to showcase the talent of musicians in the group.
Enthusiastically presented by the devoted Diane De Buitleir, the concert was dedicated to the memory of Mark Cleary. Mark was deeply involved in the scheme yet, tragically, died at the end of last month.
Mark was an example of someone who was able to find friendship, and, above all, create music with the project and is missed by all who knew him.
Musical Connections offered an eclectic mix of styles and characters, proof of music's ability to cross all boundaries within society. Soundbeam, a mix of infra red lights and digital technology, left everyone in awe. The equipment enables the physically disabled to create electronic music through interruptions of ultrasonic pulses. Performing Our Echoes were the talented Lesa Geernaert and Chris Lees, with the attentive help of Paul Carroll, leaving everyone in the audience speechless.
The aptly named Tinker Band engaged the whole audience, demonstrating incredibly talented, vivacious musicians and, as its name suggests, a charismatic circle of people.
All staff involved in the project care deeply about what they do, offering total dedication and enthusiasm.
A special mention must be made of the multi-talented artist, Steve Ison, who appeared to be able to master any instrument. It was clear to see the show presented just a fragment of what the scheme is all about, that the love for the project runs much more deeply for all involved. At the end of the performance, Diane made a touching speech, commenting: "It offers confidence, friendship and a chance to do what we love, make music".
From rhythm and blues to electronic music, all tastes were catered for. Above all else, the enjoyment of everyone involved was evident, a clear dedication to the music and the friendships forged.
With the support of organisations such as Birmingham City Council and The Chase Charity, it was an emotive concert, filled with immense talent and hope.
For more information contact Paul Carroll: 0121 773 7322 email firstname.lastname@example.org