Creativity - Curiosity - Community
To create inclusive music making and interactive listening opportunities aimed at connecting people; enabling creativity and expression; and building self and esteem and confidence
Connected communities where people feel free to express and explore their innate creativity
WHO WE ARE
In 2020 we incorporated as a social enterprise business with the aim of reinvesting any profit we make into developing creative music making opportunities within our local community. We've worked for many years in this field and are excited about the possibilities for collaborative working and new projects now that we have established as a Community Interest Company.
Our directors Lyndon and Laura Forster are looking forward to others joining the We Need Music team this year.
Laura is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music leader. She has spent the last 16 years running youth music projects and working as a freelance practitioner facilitating music workshops for young people experiencing various challenging circumstances. Laura has an MA in Youth and Community Work and has worked with organisations including the BBC and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In the last few years she has used singing, songwriting, instrumental work and music technology in settings including CAMHS units, pupils referral units, young women's projects, young parent and baby projects, with young people experience poor health and with new families. She is particularly interested in supporting new parents and their babies and young children to explore music.
For the past 15 years Lyndon has played, performed and taught West African percussion. He spent his childhood and early adolescence living in several African countries and has always had a love of this type of music. He studied West African percussion with Senegalese Master Drummer Cheikh Diop throughout his twenties. Six years ago he bought his first handpan and a new journey began. Lyndon worked freelance for 2 years with a superb company, PanAmor Handpans, helping to build these beautiful instruments. Lyndon has a teaching qualification and has worked with adults with special educational needs and mental health issues for several years.