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Musical Arc is a collective of musicians with and without disabilities who perform and deliver workshops to a wide range of audiences. Over the years the group has developed unique and innovative ways of raising awareness and breaking down barriers through the amazing medium of music.
Musical Arc first formed in 1988 and was held as an evening group at Armley Resource Centre, hence the name, Arc. This was led by various people over the years and taken up by a Leeds musician Gill Pearson. The group would meet for 2 hours once a week. Lorraine Cowburn was asked to join the group to lead some samba workshops in 1994.
Gill and Lorraine continued to run the group which moved premises in 1998 and eventually became a daytime group running at the West Park Centre. In 2000 Martin Harwood joined as a second community musician and Gill Pearson left the organization in 2008.
Musical Arc became a registered charity in 2006. Having a committed board of trustees and developing good relations with funding bodies and Leeds City Council has established the group as a landmark organization in Leeds. Musical Arc continues to thrive and grow and attracts many members and volunteers as well as trustees.
The members themselves are broad ranging in age, culture and background. As a group the aim is to welcome all abilities and to cater for impairments with instruments that suit each individual. Training is provided for members to develop musically as well as to develop workshop skills. All participants are welcome to share skills and to contribute in whatever way they can. We have gifted singer, story tellers, percussionists and horn players. There is a strong feeling of family and support amongst members and this aspect is valued and nurtured with in the group.
Musical Arc is very lucky to have a whole range of wonderful volunteers who really help to make musical arc what it is today. They bring with them enthusiasm, skills and a great warmth and friendship to the group.
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