The Mulberry Bush School and Youth Music are celebrating the beginning of a year-long partnership which will see musicians working with some of the country’s most vulnerable children.

Thanks to funding of nearly £30,000 from Youth Music, Mulberry Bush School in Oxford has been able to launch ‘Crossing Musical Boundaries’, a new music project to help vulnerable young people increase their music skills, social confidence, self esteem and to develop relationships with mainstream peers.

The music project will bring together children from two schools located in Oxfordshire. For the Mulberry Bush children it presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in music via developing relationships, and learning with pupils from a mainstream school. For the Standlake School children it challenges them with getting to know children with extreme difficulties, who are unable to live with their birth families.

The project will be led by Magdala, who have the proven expertise to understand, manage and motivate children with extreme special needs in high class music making.  The Music leaders will run a series of 18 workshops, each lasting 3 hours.   This will include a period of intense rehearsal to allow the children to focus on the singing, music and performance work.

Workshop music leaders will support the children to compose songs based on a story that the children will have already devised. The children will also be responsible for designing masks, costumes and scenery for the final production.

The course will culminate in a performance on Wednesday 29th June 2011 to which parents/carers from both schools will be invited. This performance will feature participants performing their own compositions alongside professional singers and Indian musicians.