Although May was a quieter month on the project front, our artistic director Margaret Archibald has been very busy behind the scenes.
A big part of what’s been going on has been lots of meetings with various people. One exciting one was with Philip Emery about a possible pilot project in prisons. Despite the difficulties there’ll undoubtedly be in getting this project off the ground, it could be very exciting and rewarding. Hopefully we’ll manage to organise it and get the funding to carry this out as I definitely think it could be a great thing to do.
As many of you will know, Everyone Matters does a lot of concerts with care homes. We are trying to set up a seminar Q&A session with the activities organisers and managers of many care homes and day centres in September. We’ll be able to hear what the care homes and day centres want from us and they can hear what we need from them, and discuss ways that we can improve our concerts. This will then be followed by a cocktail party and music at Langley, that everyone will be invited to. More information will come out closer to time so keep an eye out for that!
For many years, Margaret has been doing a project with the boys at Langley Boys School in September, and it seems to have become an annual fixture which is great news for us! The initial conversations for this year’s have now started and it’s nice to know they enjoy our projects that they can’t wait to have us back!
In preparation for this partnership with Langley Boys School and a couple of projects with young musicians in July, Margaret has ordered a lot more music so we can expand our repertoire. I know some ABBA music has been purchased and I hope they are part of the line up in the July concerts as I am one of the musicans!
This month, we have our Midsummer Music. This will be a musical evening at Ripley Arts Centre. The Lakeside Quartet are playing, and they performed at our final Music Matters last term and were incredible so I’m excited that they’re back again so we can see more of what they can do. Margaret will of course be playing, this time along with Maya Magub on the violin and Jonathan Duke on the piano. There will also be refreshments which, fingers crossed, will be able to be enjoyed in the beautiful garden. This is always a very popular evening – so much so that we’ve had to move to Ripley, instead of Margaret’s house, in order to accommodate everyone coming – so it would be great to see as many people there as possible! Please R.V.S.P. to Margaret if you would like to come.
This event is free, but if you would like to make a donation to Everyone Matters, it would be greatly appreciated. We are always needing money to help make our projects a reality. If you would like to help contribute to our work, please send a cheque made payable to:
Everyone Matters c/o Margaret Archibald, 21, Stone Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 9AX.
Alternatively, you can make a direct bank transfer. Please phone, text or email Margaret for details – tel: 020 8464 1645; text: 07970 123105; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any donations would be put to such good use and help give music to those who often need it most but can’t easily access it.
Make sure to follow our Twitter, @EMCharity, and Facebook, Everyone Matters, to keep up to date with all that we’re doing.
Alice Britton is a former pupil of Margaret’s and has worked with Everyone Matters as a young musician for a few years, helping organise and give concerts with other young musicians in special needs schools and care homes. After learning about all the amazing work Margaret and Everyone Matters does, she wanted to help spread the word and so is now the Social Media Manager for the charity, running the Twitter and Facebook pages, and doing the monthly blog.