Resonation was developed during 2012-2013 with a grant from Youth Music and is a programme focused on engaging young people from ex-mining communities in north Nottinghamshire in partnership with the Disability Support Team and County Youth Arts.  During this project we worked in partnership with MyPlace in Mansfield and the Samworth Church Academy in Forest Town.

The programme built on City Arts’ 30 year legacy of creative innovation producing opportunities for expression, participation and greater wellbeing. With the reduction in public spending, this means that our support within specialist learning centres has never been more important in continuing to help vulnerable young people to have more inclusive and rewarding lives.

The project used music to increase the confidence, improve the life skills and support the personal development of young people with learning disabilities. The sessions comprised 15-piece Giant Chimes Orchestra. These unique instruments offer the young people participating an exciting and effective way to express themselves creatively, supported by professional artists and their peers. Their first performance was presented during the World Event Young Artists in September 2012 in the City Arts Dome in Nottingham’s Market Square.

This work culminated in a spectacular performance by the young people at the Mansfield Palace Theatre.