Ebony Rose Cabaret Best Drag Queen nomination!!

One of our volunteers and long time associates

Ebony Rose Dark, is up for Best Drag Queen nomination!

To vote, please type in to your browser window:-

QX Cabaret Awards 2019 – QX magazine

once on the QX magazine site, click on the link ‘to vote’ on the flyer

Best Drag Queen is item no.8!!

Thank you Horniman Museum for this Dulcimer!

Thank you to the Horniman Museum for this handsome, robust and resonant Hammer Dulcimer that has been presented to JOS for use (after repair), at our Inclusive Participatory Community Music sessions. The instrument has served several years of enthusiastic use in the Handling Room of the New Music Gallery where it obviously gained considerable play and no doubt gave great delight to many visitors.
After repairs have been achieved the instrument will be fitted with an adjustable presentation stand that will make it accessible to wheelchair users. It will then be perfectly fitting for use with JOS players of all ages and ability and will add fresh and vital sound to JOS’ inclusive multi-instrumental and vocal soundscapes.
We are currently looking for a hammer dulcimer maker/repairer who might be able to replace the instruments metal bridge-rods and undertake repairs to the bridges?

V&A Exhibition road Museums Festival!

JOS’ 2019 extensive and exciting Outreach program has engaged a broad range of new participants in a variety of locations across London and Internationally. JOS Volunteers delivered a day of demonstration Inclusive Participatory Community Music Workshops with accompanying Photographic Exhibition and Demonstrations of JOS Inclusively Designed Bespoke music instruments and access devices — at the fabulous Victoria and Albert Museum.
This was in contribution toward the popular annual Exhibition Road Museums Festival that attracts many thousands of people form all around the world to engage with the work of leading projects and practitioners from across the arts and culture, science and technology sectors, and to connect with the fantastic Exhibition Road museums collections, learning centres and community engagement programmes.
Thanks to all who attended the sessions so enthusiastically. To the V&A in-house team who hosted the JOS Team with such generosity and finesse. To JOS Volunteers who worked throughout the very hot and crowded event to present the project and facilitate workshops with such vital energy and open attitude. To the host of participants of all ages and ability from near and afar who made the sessions truly global and inclusive. And finally, particular thanks to the wonderful young people who inspired and enthralled all by demonstrating that they can and will lead, and lead well and effectively, with clarity, determination and creative verve when facilitated with opportunity to do so. WOW! What a glorious day it was! Thank you V&A.
(Photo provided courtesy of V&A)

Thank you International Youth conference Students!

Biiig thanks to the brilliant and dynamic group of young student members of the International Youth Conference on social innovation from Hong Kong who attended JOS at St Peters last Friday. The whole group participated and facilitated as exemplary co-creators, and raised the vaulting with their combined good spirit and creative aplomb towards the improvised music making. 
The group was attending JOS towards their  “Joint University UK Social Innovation Study Tour during which they learn by first hand experience about leading groups and organisations working in the field of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurialism. The groups focused input at the  post-session debrief indicates that these young leaders of tomorrow in the making —  are already very much aware of the multiple opportunities and benefits presented by Inclusive Cultural Enterprise, and that they are also aware, connected and enthusiastic towards the achievement of the UN Global Sustainability Goals that include ‘equality’ as a core measure — and of course without  ‘INCLUSION’ there can be no equality.
JOS Team 


Krar Making and Playing Project

A chance for people to de-mystify instrument making!

During these workshops participants make 6-string instruments from a simple kit of components and tools – just an allen key is used, so no cutting, drilling, sawing, screwdriving etc.

There is also the chance to play the instruments and explore the krar – a traditional east african lyre type of instrument – as a very versatile and inclusive instrument.

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