It’s harvest time – Arley Hall to sow the benefits of inclusive music NEWS


 It’s harvest time – Arley Hall to sow the benefits of inclusive music

A specially crafted musical event will be gracing Arley Hall this September, featuring a varied line-up and a unique three-part composition commissioned specifically for the concert. The harvest time harvest-time concert aims to support disabled people to live, learn and work in their communities.



A specially crafted musical event will be gracing Arley Hall this September, featuring a varied line-up and a unique three-part composition commissioned specifically for the concert.

The Harvest Concert hosted by Lord and Lady Ashbrook long standing patrons of international pan-disability charity Leonard Cheshire follows the successful Christmas Choir concert last December.

Taking place on Thursday 26 September at the Chapel at Arley Hall, attendees will have the chance to watch a range of performances featuring emerging young talent from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and The University of Manchester, a world-premiere composition commissioned for the occasion and an appearance by Fingers United Sign Language Performance Choir.

Wednesday Jones, founding pioneer of the acclaimed Fingers United Performance Choir who are renowned for their dramatic, upbeat and choreographed performances, is an advocate for accessible music. I dont see why, just because you have a disability, you should be denied the pleasure of things others take for granted she commented.

The evenings special commission has been composed by Reuben Rowlands, who is currently studying for a Masters in music composition at The University of Manchester.

His vision for the composition came from the parallels that exist between the traditional harvest cycle and the work of Leonard Cheshire, celebrating the charitys ethos of supporting, nurturing and growing the potential of disabled people within the community.

Talking about the concept behind the composition Reuben explained: The piece will explore different elements of growth, be they musical or otherwise. It will tie into the idea of growing by starting off with a single musical seed. This seed will evolve and develop over time, and eventually turn into something bigger; not necessarily in terms of size, but in terms of spirit and vitality.

It will be complemented by a diverse programme of musical styles from Classical to Madonna and Marvin Gaye, culminating in a feel-good evening of musical entertainment.

Amy Bradley, a former participant of Leonard Cheshires flagship Change 100 programme for students and graduates, and now an employee of the organisation, knows first-hand the impact that the charitys work can have on peoples lives.

Leonard Cheshire changed my life. After suddenly acquiring a disability I didnt know where to turn, how I would move forward or regain my independence. Change 100 quite literally gave me back a future she said. Through a range of pioneering projects and programmes, and residential services, Leonard Cheshires mission is to help people to live, learn and work in their communities.

This concert is part of Leonard Cheshires fundraising events calendar and will help to raise vital funds enabling the charity to continue its life-changing work in the community.

The diverse concert is a family friendly evening, with tickets available online here: arleyhallharvest.eventbrite.com

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For further information and high res images please contact Erin OReilly via erin.oreilly@leonardcheshire.org

Notes to editors

The concert will be held on 26 September 2019 in the Chapel at Arley Hall, CW9 6NA. Doors open at 6:30 for 7pm start.

The concert will conclude with a celebratory drinks and nibbles reception at the venue.

Local firms Corkills Motor Care Northwich,The Perfect Getaway and Purchasing Support services are also getting behind the event, kindly sponsoring the evening.

Adults 12, Under16s and carer-companions 8.

Tickets can be purchased from arleyhallharvest.eventbrite.com and any queries directed to regionalfundraising@leonardcheshire.org or 020 3242 0268. The event will be BSL interpreted.

Composer Reuben Rowlands is already in demand with various local ensembles and he is a co-founder of Vanguard, an innovative new music organisation.

About the author
We are Leonard Cheshire – supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life – opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe. Leading by example, we do everything humanly possible to empower people to live their lives as freely and as fully as they choose. Visit: www.leonardcheshire.org or follow us on twitter: @leonardcheshire



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