We have been working with a group of adults from Te Roopu Trust, which supports people with intellectual disabilities. Three men have been learning to play music in a group. They have formed a band called Messenger, in which Barney and Nigel do vocals and Anaru plays drums. Tom, Nick and Dave work with these guys, who have come such a long way. Messenger are now regularly playing at the Raglan Musicians Club. And the tutors are becoming their session musicians.
The men come and make music in our Raglan studio once a week. We vary what we do. At some sessions we practice covers that we can perform.
Other sessions focus on songwriting, and trying out new instruments. Barney is learning to play the harmonica.
For Inspiration – see Young@heart, a documentary film showing a choir of octogenarians singing rock songs, and PKN, a Finnish punk group made up of people with Down Syndrome, autistim spectrum disorders and other challenges, who are trying to take part in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.