(Johanna, our visitor from Madrid, has been getting to know the range of creativity on offer at Orb. This week, she’s been exploring some of the musical action. This is her blog).
If you’re passing Orb and hear some beautiful sounds, you may know where they come from.
We’re talking about our music rehearsal room, a corner of Orb where everyone can develop their talent and have fun at the same time.
This is very much the case with Liam, a pop music lover, who uses our music studio every single week to make and record music. He spends time singing and recording songs which were popular in his early teens such as those of his favourite band, Westlife.
Josh, our talented engineer, is helping Liam and other service users to develop their musical talent as well as improve their communication skills. Josh worked for some time as a volunteer before becoming part of the Orb team two years ago. Since then he has been working with many people and he has had the opportunity of seeing how all his students develop their creativity through music technology.
‘Music plays an important role in mental wellbeing for all of us and also helps people develop their language and reading skills. This means that vulnerable people who work with music are more self-confident and feel more able to express their feelings and their thoughts,’ says Josh.
I agree. I feel that music is so important in our lives, making us feel free and helping us to experience life in a positive way. Since being with Orb I can see what a vital part music plays in the work that goes on here.