After the success of the first free music workshops sessions for people with hearing impairment, we have just started our next block of sessions for people who live with loss of hearing and/or cochlear implants, led by professional musicians/composers Thomas Sherman and Joe Harrison-Greaves.
The sessions are free of charge, funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity and Arts Council England and take place at the University of Sheffield’s Department for Music (The Jessop Building) where a range of instruments have been made available for use. Participants also bring their own instruments.
Some feedback from our first workshop sessions:-
“I found these sessions extremely rewarding. I felt inspired to try to contribute to the group composition after a lapse in composing music for 7 years because of deafness. All members of the group were very encouraging for which I am very grateful.” (Geoffrey Hayes)
“It’s been fun to work with professional musicians who help to make everything sound great. Most enjoyable and I learned by doing.” (James Whitford)
“Exciting, emotional, scary but amazing. Thank you! Keep it going!” (Hilary Robinson)
About the composers
Thomas Sherman is a professional saxophonist and composer who has developed these music composition workshops for a wide range of community groups, many of which have been based within healthcare settings. He works sensitively with people of all abilities. “The most effective arts in healthcare projects I have been involved with have been structured to enable spontaneous and unplanned interactions, where conversations can lead to a sharing of musical ideas”.
Joe Harrison-Greaves is a musician, facilitator and education consultant who has worked in music education for 13 years with organisations such as the BBC, The Guildhall School of Music, Curious Minds and Brighter Sound. He plays bass guitar in the band Lahira with beatboxer/sound artist Jason Singh, Gaelic folk singer Anne Martin and Delhi-based musicians Gyan Singh on tabla and Sharat Chandra on violin.