Percussion Play’s musical instrument, Duo, being played outside by 3 children

Music Makers

'In partnership with the RSBC, The Amber Trust, and Percussion Play, Music Makers, Wednesday 12th April, 11am - 2pm.' Four photos of children playing Percussion Play's instruments surround the image.

Percussion Play, The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) and The Amber Trust are delighted to announce their collaboration with the aim to make outdoor musical instruments even more accessible, particularly to young people who are blind or partially sighted.

You are invited to join us at the RSBC’s Life Without Limits Centre for a fun session exploring Percussion Play’s outdoor musical instruments, providing feedback on how the instruments can be made even more accessible to children and young people who are blind or partially sighted.

When: Wednesday 12th April 2023, 11am – 2pm

Amber Music Practitioner, Gennie Joy, will be joining RSBC’s creative team to facilitate the session, guiding children and their families in playing Percussion Play’s Babel Drums, Cyclone, Cavatina, Tubular Bells and much more.  Percussion Play is looking forward to learning which shapes, heights, colours and finishes are beneficial to children and young people who are blind and partially sighted.  There is also the possibility Percussion Play will create a new instrument during this collaboration.

Children and young people of all ages and their families are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

How to join in

To register for the workshop, please fill out the form on the RSBC website.

Percussion Play’s musical instrument, Cavatina, being played by two young children outdoors

Collaboration with Percussion Play, the RSBC and The Amber Trust

Sue Sharp, RSBC Chief Executive said: “Many of the children and young people we work with have a love of music, whether that is writing and performing their own music, singing, playing a musical instrument, or simply listening to it. Our Life Without Limits Centre often hosts their many musical talents and interests. The chance to influence the design of Percussion Play’s products is a great opportunity and I am sure that the children and young people will have a lot of ideas to share with the Jody and the team.”

Jody Ashfield, Co-founder, and CEO of Percussion Play said: “We are excited to be working with the RSBC and The Amber Trust to discover how we can make our instruments even more inclusive. Our instruments are designed so everyone can enjoy making music and we hope to improve our current range by engaging with young people who are partially sighted and discover what changes could be made to make them more accessible. We also aim to design an instrument specifically for people who have vision impairment.  This collaboration will help more people discover the joy of playing percussion in the great outdoors”.

Angela Voyajolu, Chief Executive of The Amber Trust said: The Amber Trust is delighted to collaborate with Percussion Play and the RSBC on this project. Music is a vital aspect of play for the children and young people we work with, and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to experience musical play with other children and their families. It is important that the voices and opinions of children with vision impairment are represented, and we are enthusiastic that the young people involved in this project will impact the development of Percussion Play’s innovative instruments.