New project from Waveney and Blyth Arts for visually-impaired musicians to explore nature and sound

Composer and visually-impaired musician Adrian Lee will be leading a project to offer taster session

Composer and visually-impaired musician Adrian Lee will be leading a project to offer taster sessions for visually impaired amateur musicians. Picture: Nicky Stainton - Credit: Archant

An art collective is launching a new project to offer taster sessions for visually-impaired amateur musicians to make music and connect with nature.

Sensing Nature, a new initiative by Waveney and Blyth Arts, will explore the nature of sound and sound in nature, and will lead to outdoor musical performances.

Working with the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind and professional musicians, the group aims to inspire people to become sound-aware.

The project is being led by composer and vibraphone player Jackie Walduck and Adrian Lee, a composer and one of the visually-impaired musicians.

Jan Dungey, co-project manager, said: 'Local animals, birds, insects and other creatures make the most extraordinary sounds – from barking foxes, to melodic nightingales, to chirping crickets. The sounds that local wildlife make will inspire new music, created by Adrian and Jackie, for Waveney and Blyth Arts.'

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After the workshops an outdoor sound trail, with instrumental and vocal performances, will be held at Thornham Walks, near Eye.

A spokesman for Waveney and Blyth Arts, which secured a grant of £15,000 from the Arts Council to develop the project, said: 'In terms of musical ability, we are looking for keen musicians and singers with some experience, but we're not expecting professional or semi-professional standard.'

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The free workshops will run from 10am to 3pm, and will be held at Eye Community Centre on February 6; on February 8 at the Bradbury Centre in Norwich; on February 9 at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay, and the High Street Exhibition Gallery in Ipswich on February 10.

Funding for transport is available.

For more information, contact Mike Davison from Waveney and Blyth Arts on 01379 852501 or email

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