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Pino Frumiento MBE Heart n Soul Co-founder & Artist


Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts organisation which believes in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities. We provide opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible, making a more fun, creative, open and equal world for everyone. We offer opportunities for learning disabled people to take part in creative activities, gain new skills or develop their artistic talents.


By being part of Heart n Soul, people with learning disabilities have more choice, are more connected, have more confidence and work towards more independent lives. Our artists create dynamic and inspiring art, which is well positioned alongside art created by non-learning disabled artists. It has life changing and life affirming value for everyone. It enriches the UK cultural landscape and offers audiences different ways of seeing the world.


Heart n Soul exists to discover, develop and share the talents and power of people with learning disabilities and to make creative spaces where everyone feels free to be themselves. 2016/17 has seen some fantastic examples of just how we do that.


Our Allsorts and Do Your Own Thing taking part sessions are the engine room for where we meet, engage and offer people space to discover what they want to do creatively. 54 of these Allsorts & Do Your Own Thing participants were involved in our biggest ever Beautiful Octopus Club Festival in September, where we kicked off our 30th birthday celebrations at the Southbank Centre. We introduced a whole new stage to the festival, the Unbelievable Stage. We offered seven learning disabled artists a new cabaret type space to share a wide range of experimental new work. This year, we have had more high quality partnerships and collaborations with organisations and individuals than ever before. We have been delighted to support DJ/MC Chris Collins as part of the Rave Space’s national tour alongside Will Dickie and Hayley Hill; performer and musician Aldean Blair has collaborated with performance maker Gemma Rowan as part of the Making Routes project, whilst visual artist Ifeoma Orijekwe has been designing fabrics and merchandise with Could be Good as part of their The Many project.


We have been delighted to welcome Bobbie-Jane Gardner as our first composer-in-residence (thanks to the Sound and Music Embedded scheme) and have built on our relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra (see page 38).

Support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation enabled us to expand and innovate around how we share our work; digital band Electric Fire had their first taste of national touring and we shared our accessible digital music making approach at the highly influential Ableton Loop conference in Berlin (see page 25).

This was all set against a backdrop of increasing cuts to social care and services: less than 6% of people with learning disabilities in employment and continuing evidence of poor practice and care as highlighted in the Channel 4 Dispatches film ‘Under Lock and Key’.

In our Big 30 year, we are celebrating the stories and achievements of 30 groups or individuals who have been integral to Heart n Soul over the last 30 years. We are planning a monthlong takeover of Deptford with a festival season of events. The archive will then tour to other venues across London and be added permanently to the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

We decided to invest in the legacy of the SoundLab Digital R & D project and with new support from Universal Music and The Brit Trust, were able to offer four Play Spaces over the year. They brought together established music technology companies and start ups to share, learn and ‘usertest’ their latest innovations with Heart n Soul artists and participants in order to create music tech that is more accessible for everyone.

The Big 30 will ensure that positive memories of our culture and lives are preserved, protected and shared forever; we hope that this will help us build a more open, equal, fun and creative world for everyone. 7

WHAT DO WE DO? The activities inside the circle are the ongoing activities of Heart n Soul. The activities outside of the circle are projects that we have from time to time, where we innovate, take risks and inspire change. The projects change over time as we develop new ones.


Core activities Special projects



The Chat Up A small informal event where invited guests share their passions, inspirations and ideas


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G N I RN Beautiful Octopus Club Festival Our multi media club festival celebrating learning disability culture

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Artist Development & Production Supporting our artists to develop their careers, identify new opportunities and produce their work The Big 30 Our archive project celebrating 30 years of Heart n Soul

Inside Out Supporting our artists to collaborate with partners and artists outside of Heart n Soul

London Symphony Orchestra (LSO): A collaboration with the LSO bringing together our musicians to create new music



Heart n Soul Radio Radio shows created by our artists and participants with learning disabilities

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Do Your Own Thing Our creative taking part arts project for young people with learning disabilities


Squidz Club Club night for young people with learning disabilities, their families and friends

Volunteering Our volunteers support our work across all our projects





Allsorts Our creative taking part arts project for adults with learning disabilities



eart n Soul Choir choir made up of art n Soul artists participants


Composer-in-residence External artists get the chance to collaborate with and create new work with Heart n Soul artists

SoundLab Our innovative digital musicmaking project exploring ways of making music technology accessible to everyone

OUR IMPACT: 4,350 people participated in our activities 78,978 people came to our events Our artists gave 74 performances We were part of 192 sharing events Our young people’s activities reached 6,561 people 133,732 users and followers connected with us on our websites and online social media networks



There were more ways for people with learning disabilities to take part in our creative programmes with participants gaining in skills, confidence and ownership of the projects they were involved in. The projects also provided a space where people with learning disabilities could come together, make new friends and feel less isolated.


WHAT WE DID: 115 people took part at Allsorts 76 young people took part at Do Your Own Thing 83 volunteers took part at Heart n Soul


Alexi Do Your Own Thing participant

Sam Castell-Ward Allsorts participant


Daryl Castillo Volunteer



Our artists collaborated with more external artists and organisations than ever before, giving us opportunities to connect with new audiences and appear in new spaces.


WHAT WE DID: Our artists gave 74 performances 15 of the performances were new collaborations or new work 51 artists with learning disabilities had opportunities to develop their skills, creative independence and audience reach 10 artists worked with outside organisations to develop their skills


Megan Garrett-Jones from Realtime Magazine talking about Tilley Milburn’s piece Puffing and Wooling at the Buzzcut Festival, Glasgow



installation an exhibition of artwork, this could be photos, sounds, film, art and things to take part in.

Puffing and Wooling is an interactive installation that explores different ideas of rest and relaxation. It highlights the importance of making time for yourself. It has been created by Heart n Soul artist Tilley Milburn in collaboration with artist Catherine Dunne. In Puffing and Wooling one moment you can be lighthearted, even emotional and the next moment it makes you really think. Puffing and Wooling has appeared at the Buzzcut Festival, the Wellcome Collection and The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival.



SOUNDLAB SoundLab is Heart n Soul’s innovative digital music-making project where we explore different ways of using technology to encourage people with learning disabilities to create sound and music experiences. We try new things out, develop our work using technology and show other people what we are doing, learning and creating. The diagram shows all the Heart n Soul artists and participants involved in SoundLab and the projects and events that have happened as a result of it. It also shows the new relationships we have created and the things we did.


SOUNDLAB KEY Heart n Soul people, projects, events and future things New relationships

Things we did


New Artists & Facilitators Catherine O’Rourke Jonathan Reynolds Calway Mentoring Robyn Steward

Heart n Soul Radio

Heart n Soul studio

Squidz Club

Dean Rodney Jr

International Music Tech Companies Novation Ableton Alphasphere Native

Studio Sessions

Do Y Thing

Play Space

Allsorts Digital Grassroots Start ups & Music Tech Companies AC Sabre Mi.Mu Gloves - Kris Halpin Pyka School of Noise Sub Pac Reactify

Beautiful Octopus Club Festival

W The Fish Police


Conferences & Festivals Brighton Music Conference Musician’s Union Conference Young Dada Fest Lewisham Head Teachers Conference Ableton Loop Conference London Music Hackspace

Lilly Cook

Young People

Electric Fire

Your Own g Digital Website Guide


An evening with Heart n Soul & London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)

Wayne Taylor


Local Networks Level Centre Lambeth Music Network Lewisham Music Hub Individual Professional Development Lizzie Emeh

National Organisations London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) Goldsmiths Youth Music Nesta Barbican Tate


SHARING OUR INNOVATION WITH OTHERS ABLETON LOOP Last year Heart n Soul’s SoundLab team ran a digital music-making workshop at Ableton Loop in Berlin, Germany. It was an event that brought together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers to share new ideas and ways of working around music and technology. 1,300 people attended. Lilly Cook (SoundLab artist) and Richard Phoenix and Ashley Elsdon (SoundLab facilitators) tell us more about their experience there:


facilitator: help people to make decisions about what they want to do in a creative session

Ashley: Because it’s a mainstream music event for creative people, there was no disability or access agenda. We wanted to show that disability isn’t a barrier to creativity. Lilly: We talked to them about SoundLab, Heart n Soul and the work we do. I think a lot of people were surprised as they never thought that a learning disabled person like me could be a facilitator. Beforehand I think they thought a learning disabled person could only be a participant, who things were done for. It’s the complete opposite at Heart n Soul.

Richard: That’s right, the main aim of SoundLab is that technology should not control what can be made, people are key. Technology is just a way of bringing people together to explore different ways of working and making music.

Richard: We also showed them three different bits of technology we use at SoundLab and discussed what some of the barriers they could create and remove in helping people with learning disabilities to create music. Ashley: We also ran a workshop where audience members got a chance to create beats and music through their mobile devices. Everyone played together with little barriers to do this, this is what we’re trying to achieve with SoundLab.

Richard Phoenix


Ashley: It’s about what we always say - access isn’t about disability. If you can make technology work for someone with a disability, it makes it accessible for everyone and then that gives access to a bigger audience who can make music.

Lilly: Yes definitely, we got a really good response. Also I was at the event for three days and I was the only person in a wheelchair or who had a disability. I felt like we were trailblazers. Richard: I think Lilly and Heart n Soul being there really highlighted the issues of gender and disability. It felt important that we were there.

Richard: Like Loop, our approach is about bringing people together who want to achieve similar things and share ideas, there are no rights or wrongs, it’s about, exploring ideas and being open to that.

Ashley: One person who came to the workshop said: “I thought I’d seen it all before, but what you’re doing, I’ve never seen or heard anything like it, it’s the most special thing at Loop.” It felt really good. Richard: When you hear people telling you what you’re saying is quite revolutionary, you realise the importance of sharing it.

Ashley Elsdon Lilly Cook


IN FOCUS: 3,576 artists/people engaged with SoundLab SoundLab influenced the understanding and practice of at least 13 music technology companies and developers



I have 10 disabilities including Aspergers Syndrome and Dyspraxia and I would say I find life very hard. Music is an important outlet for me. I always wanted to be a musician, but there are a lot of barriers I face to do it.

I didn’t have a band, had never been a band leader, arranged music or booked a rehearsal studio. But I did all those things, Mark was clear that there was no pressure. We are called Robyn Steward and the Hatonauts we have five trumpets and one keyboard and we’re an avantgarde jazz band.

Heart n Soul have been helping me overcome them. The most important thing they have done is to really listen to me and have supported me so I feel safe. They have also given me lots of information and opportunities. When I asked Mark (Heart n Soul’s Artistic Director) if I could perform my EP, that has songs with 25 trumpet tracks at the Beautiful Octopus Club Festival he said yes!

Mark is possibly the only person, who would of said yes, he put me on the Unbelievable Stage at the club festival, which is what most people would think of my ideas.


On the night the performance went by in a blur, it happened so fast, but it was one of the best things I’ve done in my life. People liked us and since then we’ve done more gigs, and have been invited to play at a festival. I’ve also had a session with Richard (Heart n Soul’s Creative Associate) to learn more about playing my trumpet through FX pedals. What’s so special about Heart n Soul, is that you’re a person first before anything. You’re appreciated for being who you are and there’s no judgment. I now feel able to share my work with others. One of the things that has come from this is that Andy Diagram (from the band James) is mixing and mastering my EP. It could not of happened without Heart n Soul.


IN FOCUS: The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival‌ 3,500 people attended 110 performers were involved 33 Allsorts and 21 Do Your Own Thing participants took part 50 people volunteered



This year we shared our work in a number of exciting ways. Online, talks, radio and the development of new partnerships were just some of the ways we achieved this.


WHAT WE DID: We were part of 192 sharing events We did 18 outreach visits seeing 1,634 people 118 film and radio pieces were created and shared across our online networks There were 33,152 views of our videos on YouTube 133,732 users and followers connected with us on our websites and online social media networks


Antony Kennedy on Twitter

Ariel Awesome Recorders Radio Participant


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Artist Jess Thom talking about her experiences of being part of Heart n Soul’s Chat Up event



Artists from Heart n Soul and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) came together to perform classical music, original songs merging electronic beats and music they had created together. The event was the result of working together on a number of smaller workshops and events that started three years ago. The evening featured Heart n Soul artists Lizzie Emeh and Electric Fire, composer Bobbie-Jane Gardner and musicians from the LSO. Here are some of the experiences of those who were involved...

William Electric Fire


As a pilot project there were a fair amount of new things to explore and learn, so there were points where I felt out of my comfort zone and points where it all felt really natural and joyful. The artists and musicians worked so well together, they had great energy and ideas and created a really warm and rich working atmosphere. I think stand out moments for me was Sam (from Electric Fire) and I lying on the floor at one of the rehearsals listening to Trish (LSO musician) play the flute and the first workshop with Lizzie and the string players. Lizzie was clearly moved. Overall I thought the collaboration was great! I loved how balanced it was in terms of Heart n Soul and the LSO and this came across on the night too, a lovely warm atmosphere. Bobbie-Jane Gardner


My role was to play drums and percussion as part of the band and to work with Bobbie and the artists and it was brilliant. Lizzie is quite extraordinary in terms of musicians I’ve ever worked with. In the rehearsals it took a little while for her to feel comfortable with driving it as a performer because she was really taken aback by the high quality of the musicianship of playing with the LSO. But that’s the point of doing it, to put amazing musicians together and for that mutual partnership to develop. Lots of things were new for Electric Fire but there was a magnificent magic to their approach. On the night of the performance we just kicked the doors in a little bit and just really went for it. For me one of the main things about the experience was who we played with, it’s about people more than music. It’s about creating the right relationships so that everybody has got the opportunity to contribute in a way that’s really energising. Jez Wiles 41

I’m lucky enough that I’ve been here from the start of our partnership and this was the biggest thing that we had done together so far. We first started working with Heart n Soul because we were interested in what other people were doing around work with adults and young people with learning disabilities. Heart n Soul seemed to have a very different approach to us and were interested in collaborating with artists from very different genres, so there was interest on both sides. There was a moment on the night, where Lizzie was conducting the band and for me that moment summed up the completion of that partnership, where the barriers had gone and she knew that there was mutual trust and respect between her and the musicians. Going forward there will definitely be another event collaborating with different Heart n Soul artists, and it will move on in a different way. David Nunn 42

genres: different styles of music

IN FOCUS: We had 17 partnerships with a number of organisations including the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Southbank Centre and Tate Britain


Money Money Money Money

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earned income 6% Arts Council England 34% other Trusts and Foundations: 58% voluntary income (donations): 2%

Multi-disciplinary arts: 41% Taking part (including clubs): 35% Sharing: 23% Governance costs: 1%


Of the total funds left for this year:

Funds from last year: £117,692 One hundred and seventeen thousand, six hundred and ninety two pounds

Restricted/designated funds: £9,879 Nine thousand, eight hundred and seventy nine pounds

Income for this year: +£753,943 Seven hundred and fifty three thousand, nine hundred and forty three pounds

Unrestricted reserves: £76,523 Seventy six thousand, five hundred and twenty three pounds

Total funds for this year: £871,635 Eight hundred and seventy one thousand, six hundred and thirty five pounds

These figures are taken from our annual accounts for 16/17. You can ask the Heart n Soul office for a copy. Our auditors reported that in their opinion they showed a true and fair view of the company affairs.

Total spent this year: -£785,235 Seven hundred and eighty five thousand, two hundred and thirty five pounds Total funds left for this year: £86,402 Eighty six thousand, four hundred and two pounds


WHAT DO THESE WORDS MEAN? multi-disciplinary arts: range of art we make including music, clubs and films governance: ways of checking a charity is run well restricted/designated funds: funds that are for use on specific projects or activities unrestricted reserves: these funds are to wind up the operations of Heart n Soul if it was to close auditors: people who check our finances 46

HELP MAKE THE BIG 30 HAPPEN! Heart n Soul is marking its 30th birthday with its most important project to date – The Big 30. We are collecting stories and memories of Heart n Soul and learning disability culture from the last 30 years. These will be kept permanently in the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) and become the first archive of learning disability culture in the UK. The Heritage Lottery Fund has funded the first part of the project, The Big 30 Archive, but we are trying to raise another £50,000 to complete the project and share it as widely as possible - and this is where you come in! Fundraise for us!


Last year 10 people raised over £5,000 for Heart n Soul in the British 10k run, this year we are looking for 30 people to fundraise for us. Whether it’s a bike ride or a run, an obstacle course or a bake sale, if you are interested in raising money for The Big 30, then do let us know!

You can also support us by making a donation to the project: Make a single or regular donation online at Send a cheque or postal order to Heart n Soul If you are a UK taxpayer, please Gift Aid your donation. That means for every £10 you give, Heart n Soul will receive up to £12.50 We promise we will not share your information with anyone else.


We would like to say a huge thank you to all our funders. Every pound raised has the greatest impact on the people we work with.

WRITTEN: Universal Music, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust, Green Hall Foundation, Jack Petchey Foundation, The Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation, Merchant Taylors’ Company, SAP Foundation, The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund REVIEW CREDITS: Design: Could be Good Photography: Christopher Andreou, Tim Mitchell, Franklyn Rodgers Artwork & Illustration: Ben Connors, Danielle, Samuel and young people from Do Your Own Thing


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