“Making Music Make a Difference”

CORONAVIRUS: Please note that after discussion within our Management Committee we have decided to POSTPONE the one day course at Ilfracombe on 23rd April 2020. We felt that the continuing and increasing spread of the Coronavirus and the potential effect that it could have on our more vulnerable participants and their organisations made it essential to postpone this course to a later date. However, at this stage, we are not able to publish a re-arranged date. Please return to our website every three or four weeks to check on the current situation and whether the course at Woodbury on 16th–17th July 2020 will also have to be rescheduled.

As with the Ilfracombe course on 23rd April, we have decided that, in view of the Coronavirus progression, our Annual General Meeting, scheduled to be held at the Methodist Schoolroom, Chittlehampton on Monday 23rd March 2020 at 7.30pm, will now be deferred until a later date, which will be advertised here as soon as possible.

SHARE MUSIC SOUTH-WEST’s main aim is to encourage adults with a wide spectrum of disabilities (e.g. physical, learning, sensory) to take part in Workshops where they create and perform original music and music theatre. These are our Participants and during the Workshops we look to identify and build on their abilities. The activities are conducted in the company of other musicians and helpers working together under the guidance of very experienced professional tutors. Since we started in 2008 we have run 45 courses and workshops (see Past Activities) which were attended by over 500 participants. Feedback from these workshops has been excellent — everyone (both disabled and able-bodied helpers!) had fun, grew in confidence and achieved well beyond their expectations. We have already planned further courses and workshops (see Future Workshops).

SHARE MUSIC SOUTH-WEST has developed its services to include some specialist workshops for participants with dementia; we use a variety of music for enjoyment and relaxation, and in the process try to achieve a level of engagement and participation. In addition, we run a regular weekly music session in Barnstaple for a number of local community hubs and day respite centres. These have proved to be extremely popular and we are in the process of planning how these might be offered to a wider set of organisations.


Photo of ShareMusic South-West event at Exmouth College, July 2014

A Share Music South-West Event at Exmouth College, July 2014

No previous knowledge or expertise is required to take part in these workshops.

Please look around the website, or contact us, to find out more.