WOW!!! What an incredible evening Sunbeams had at Pudsey Rocks at Wembley Arena with our beautiful Connie and her amazing family! They are all truly inspiring. We all feel very privileged to be part of their lives and all the other wonderful families who come to Sunbeams Music Trust.
To see Connie and Joe’s Story click here
Children from Sunbeams Music for Life® reach Number One in the Charts on Children In Need Charity Single with Gareth Malone and his All Star Choir!
We were thrilled to welcome Choirmaster, singer and TV presenter Gareth Malone OBE to one of our Sunbeams Music for Life® sessions in October 2014. Gareth recorded audio snippets and filmed the children. Twenty Twenty Productions then incorporated their voices into the 2014 BBC Children In Need Charity Single which made it to Number One in the Official Charts!
A music video was also produced, again featuring all of our Sunbeams children, and much of the footage was shown on BBC One on a documentary about the making of the single by Gareth’s All Star Celebrity Choir!
We were all so thrilled to have been involved with the project. The single has helped raise so much money for Children in Need!
Its combined download and streaming tally reached 120,000 by 16th November (keep downloading and buying it!!) and it was also the most physically purchased single during the Children In Need week!!
The session Gareth came to film is funded by Children In Need, but is just one of 45 projects which Sunbeams delivers to 1458 disabled and disadvantaged children and adults every month across Cumbria.
The aim of this session is to engage children with severe and complex medical needs together with their family members and carers through the Therapeutic use of Community Music workshops that are beneficial to their mental and physical wellbeing and which harness “The Power Of Music To Heal”
For this year’s official 2014 BBC Children In Need Single, Gareth brought together an array of untrained voices from the world of television, sport and theatre to form his All Star Choir. Together they have recorded a version of the Avicii single Wake Me Up and he wanted to record clips of our children to incorporate into the track!
Gareth came with a crew from Twenty Twenty Productions and spent two hours with our lovely families recording snippets of audio and filming some lovely footage of the children engaging with our Community Musicians. They were all very moved by the children, especially Gareth, who found the whole experience “heart-warming”
On the single itself, you can hear our Oli introducing the track, lots of cheering from the children and our Alex saying “Thank you Children in Need” in the middle of the track!
We have also heard that the music video included lots of the film footage taken on the day, and both the audio and video will be included as part of a two part BBC One Documentary about the making of the single!
Sunbeams Music Trust helped Gareth Malone create the Children In Need Charity Single: Wake Me Up. For more info about the single and a video can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/3GcB6pTQ6QpNLFKFy0RC8JP/gareth-malone-forms-an-all-star-choir-for-the-official-bbc-children-in-need-single)
Important dates and info:
The BBC One Documentary was broadcast on Monday 3rd & Monday 10th November on BBC One from 9pm until 10pm. Sunbeams appeared on the second programme on the 10th November
The video and song was performed on Children In Need Appeal Night itself on Friday 14th November.
BBC Children In Need 2012
Sunbeams feature on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme
In October we were so thrilled to welcome BBC reporter Tom Feilden and photographer Paul Kerley from Radio 4 to one of our Children in Need funded sessions in Kendal, where they experienced our wonderful children singing and signing. There was not a dry eye in the house, and I think they were both quite overcome by the whole experience. The whole feature was broadcast on the Today programme, and they really did the children proud with a wonderful slideshow production. Little Lucy was quite the star, as the feature was on the front page of the BBC News website for quite some time!
Thank you to Paul and Tom!
Blue Peter Appeal
Sunbeams help launch 2012 Blue Peter Appeal for Children In Need
Sunbeams provide therapeutic music sessions free of charge, which means that funding must be found to support all our projects. One of these sources is the wonderful Children In Need, who help to support some of our children’s sessions.
This year Blue Peter decided to raise money for Children In Need through their annual appeal, and they asked Sunbeams to feature on the Launch programme!
They wanted to focus in on one family, so they visited the lovely Yasmin and her family before coming to the session, where they spent the whole morning filming and interviewing. It was wonderful for the children to meet Helen Skelton, (who really got stuck in and joined in with the session!), and Annie even bagged herself a Blue Peter badge!
We all adore Yasmin at Sunbeams, and her family wanted to share their story with the rest of the world. So thank you to Michelle, Annie and the whole family for agreeing to be on the programme.
You can view the film here. Apologies for the audio being out of sync.
We were so pleased to welcome the Community Channel’s ‘Brilliant Britain’ team to one of our Music for Life® sessions, held fortnightly for the Sunbeams Concert Troupe.
The Troupe are a group of adults with a wide range of special needs who work with specialist Sunbeams Musician Alan to prepare challenging and varied music to perform in the local community at Sunbeams concerts and presentations. The Troupe have even performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London! They never fail to raise the roof and lift the spirits of those listening. They are true ambassadors for Sunbeams, and “Wherever the Sunbeams Music Troupe go, they bring happiness, and there are so many examples of where the music, combined with their skills, somehow seems to be able to unlock the mind and body and bring a new dimension and joy into peoples’ lives.”
They are all fabulous performers, and complete divas and we couldn’t be more proud of them!
You can watch their appearance below. The whole programme is wonderful, but if you are impatient, simply skip to 8 minutes and 50 seconds to see the Troupe in action.
For more information on the Community Channel, go to http://www.communitychannel.org