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Founded by Churchill Fellow, David Stanley, the Music Man Project UK is an award-winning and world record-breaking music education and performance service specifically for children and adults with learning disabilities. The Music Man Project nurtures the innate musicality in everyone, regardless of their learning difficulty. It delivers education, enjoyment and performances through the teaching of original music at special schools, colleges, care homes, weekly music schools and daily adult classes in the community. The unique service has spread across the UK and to South Africa, India, Nepal, the USA and the Philippines. The Music Man Project has performed to packed houses at the London Palladium, the Royal Albert Hall and now has its sights set on Broadway, New York in 2021!

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Founded by Churchill Fellow, David Stanley, the Music Man Project UK is an award-winning and world record-breaking music education and performance service specifically for children and adults with learning disabilities. The Music Man Project nurtures the innate musicality in everyone, regardless of their learning difficulty. It delivers education, enjoyment and performances through the teaching of original music at special schools, colleges, care homes, weekly music schools and daily adult classes in the community. The unique service has spread across the UK and to South Africa, India, Nepal, the USA and the Philippines. The Music Man Project has performed to packed houses at the London Palladium, the Royal Albert Hall and now has its sights set on Broadway, New York in 2021!

    Can you start a Music Man Project?

    Can you start a Music Man Project?

    This month's highlights from The Music Man Project Radio Show on Chelmsford Community Radio, featuring interviews with The Music Man Project Essex student Linda, Southend Mencap General Manager Marc McOwens, music arranger and producer Al Steele from Shabbey Road Studios  and music leader Ira Thomas who is planning to launch our service in London!

    The Music Man Project is a multi award-winning, world record-breaking music education and performance service for people with disabilities - direct from the Royal Albert Hall! It started in Essex but has spread right across the globe! 

    To find out more visit www.themusicmanproject.com, follow "The Music Man Project UK" on Facebook, subscribe to David Stanley's blog at www.themusicmanblog.com and subscribe to The Music Man Project's YouTube channel. 

    Devised and presented by David Stanley BEM
    Produced by Jon Webber 

    The Music Man Project, charity no. 1188041
    Email musicmanprojectuk@outlook.com to tell us your news!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    From Southend Mencap to the Philippines!

    From Southend Mencap to the Philippines!

    This month's highlights from The Music Man Project Radio Show on Chelmsford Community Radio, bringing you news from the Southend Mencap Achievers Awards, some great interviews with the remarkable students of The Music Man Project in Essex and a special look back at the launch of The Music Man Project in the Philippines. 

    We hear a heart-warming tribute from Terry to his beloved father, who adopted him when he was in a children's home. Terry was placed there to escape from his abusive biological father. 

    We also meet MMP Essex student Katie and hear from her two crazy carers, Debbie and Tracey, who describe their approach to caring for someone with complex needs. And we finally catch up with three MMP UK superstars for a quick chat too!

    The Music Man Project is a multi award-winning, world record-breaking music education and performance service for people with disabilities - direct from the Royal Albert Hall! It started in Essex but has spread right across the globe! 

    To find out more visit www.themusicmanproject.com, follow "The Music Man Project UK" on Facebook, subscribe to David Stanley's blog at www.themusicmanblog.com and subscribe to The Music Man Project's YouTube channel. 

    Devised and presented by David Stanley BEM
    Produced by Jon Webber 

    The Music Man Project, charity no. 1188041
    Email musicmanprojectuk@outlook.com to tell us your news!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Dr Natalie Bradford

    Dr Natalie Bradford

    This week we talk to our very own Dr Natalie Bradford, who recently published her ground-breaking research PhD at the Royal College of Music about the impact of musical participation on adults with Down's Syndrome. Natalie's research can be read in full here: Academic Research | The Music Man Project UK. 

    We also pay to tribute to the late violinist Lorraine Kelly, who sadly passed away from Cancer in 2018. Lorraine was a wonderful supporter of The Music Man Project, and our Royal Albert Hall orchestra was formed in her memory.  

    The Music Man Project is a multi award-winning, world record-breaking music education and performance service for people with disabilities - direct from the Royal Albert Hall! It started in Essex but has spread right across the globe! 

    To find out more visit www.themusicmanproject.com, follow "The Music Man Project UK" on Facebook, subscribe to David Stanley's blog at www.themusicmanblog.com and subscribe to The Music Man Project's YouTube channel. 

    Devised and presented by David Stanley BEM
    Produced by Jon Webber 

    The Music Man Project, charity no. 1188041
    Email musicmanprojectuk@outlook.com to tell us your news!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Join Together!

    Join Together!

    The theme of this week's podcast is Join Together!

    The song was written by David Stanley with lyrics by Jenny Hitchcock. It famously featured in 'Music is Magic at the London Palladium' (2017) and on the studio album of the same name.  The song is a fitting climax to most Music Man Project concerts. 

    Connecting communities is integral to The Music Man Project's mission. The charity uses the universal language of music to free the constraints placed on people with a learning disability across the world, joining them together through song, country by country. David Stanley's  global campaign has connected musicians with learning disabilities in Essex to their counterparts in counties across England. It has connected musicians in England to those across the UK in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and it has connected musicians in the UK to learning-disabled communities around the world. It is a wonderful thought that every day, somewhere in the world people with learning disabilities from a Music Man Project region are singing Music Man Project songs like 'Music is Magic', 'Join Together' or 'High Low Middle'. The music connects them and celebrates all they have in common. The song 'Join Together' is also highly apt for this time, with Jenny’s wonderful lyrics carrying a message which is more important now than ever before as we all emerge from this terrible chapter in our history. The open verse says:

    "In times of uncertainty, love and friendship sees you through. Music mends an aching heart, building peace and hope anew”. 

    We also hear from former Mayor of Southend, MMP trustee and patron, Sally Carr and from Music Man Project Director, Sarah Mann who tells us about her very own 'Join Together' lockdown project led by her students in Kent and featuring the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra. Click here to watch the lockdown video of the song: https://youtu.be/AX-5h4ceDzM 

    The Music Man Project is a multi award-winning, world record-breaking music education and performance service for people with disabilities - direct from the Royal Albert Hall! It started in Essex but has spread right across the globe! 

    To find out more visit www.themusicmanproject.com, follow "The Music Man Project UK" on Facebook, subscribe to David Stanley's blog at www.themusicmanblog.com and subscribe to The Music Man Project's YouTube channel. 

    Devised and presented by David Stanley BEM
    Produced by Jon Webber 

    The Music Man Project, charity no. 1188041
    Email musicmanprojectuk@outlook.com to tell us your news!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Siblings Special

    Siblings Special

    The theme of this week's podcast is siblings. 

    If you ever get the chance, we urge you to watch a young person helping someone with special needs. Their insight, kindness and empathy defy their age, and their experience shapes their personality for the rest of their life. These young people develop the most extraordinary qualities: selfless kindness, patience and love. When that young person is also a sibling of someone with a learning disability, these qualities are even more life-changing for the whole family.  

    In this episode of The Music Man Project Radio Show on Chelmsford Community, David explores what it is like to have a brother or sister with a disability. He talks to two wonderful young woman, Remy and Emma, who are both sisters of students at The Music Man Project here in Essex, and he concludes with a moving interview with the most famous Music Man Project carer of them all - the legendary Auntie Ann Randal! Ann talks about her life as the sister of two brothers with learning disabilities, David and Paul.

    David also chats to The Music Man Project’s resident filmmaker, web designer and all-round media guru, Paul Carpenter. 2012, Paul's acclaimed documentary “The Music Man” made a huge impression on the Prime Minister David Cameron.  Finally, Chris Stringer from the Salvation Army talks about The Music Man Project/Salvation Army partnership in an interview recorded for the first series of our podcast last year. 
    The Music Man Project is a multi award-winning, world record-breaking music education and performance service for people with disabilities - direct from the Royal Albert Hall! It started in Essex but has spread right across the globe! 

    To find out more visit www.themusicmanproject.com, follow "The Music Man Project UK" on Facebook, subscribe to David Stanley's blog at www.themusicmanblog.com and subscribe to The Music Man Project's YouTube channel. 

    Devised and presented by David Stanley BEM
    Produced by Jon Webber 

    The Music Man Project, charity no. 1188041
    Email musicmanprojectuk@outlook.com to tell us your news!

    • 1 hr 37 min
    The Music Man Project Radio Show on CCR!

    The Music Man Project Radio Show on CCR!

    The Music Man Project Podcast is back with a bang! Following the success of our first series, we are delighted to launch series 2 with highlights from our brand new monthly radio show on Chelmsford Community Radio!

    In this episode, David Stanley, who was was recently recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours List, talks to Music Man Project resident drummer Daniel Camacho and his drum tutor Glen Burton. We also reunite the three stars of the National Lottery 25th birthday TV advert - Sam, Wendy and Graeme,  and we talk to Ian Jewell, who recently achieved an amazing 25 years of service at Iceland Foods. 

    The world record-breaking Music Man Project provides award-winning accessible music education and performance opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities across the UK and around the world. These remarkable musicians have performed at the Royal College of Music, the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall.

    Every podcast includes news, music, interviews and lots of other exciting features and surprises. It celebrates the achievements of all people with learning disabilities from around the world.

    To find out more visit www.themusicmanproject.com, follow "The Music Man Project UK" on Facebook, subscribe to David Stanley's blog at www.themusicmanblog.com and subscribe to The Music Man Project's YouTube channel. 

    Devised and presented by David Stanley BEM
    Produced by Jon Webber 

    The Music Man Project, charity no. 1188041
    Email musicmanprojectuk@outlook.com to tell us your news!

    • 1 hr 18 min

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