A Place Called Home – Written by Addy Farmer
The North Lincolnshire Music Hub is delighted to have commissioned a wonderful story book for very young children written by local author Addy Farmer and illustrated by Louise Gardner. It is an adventure into space by three young friends who explore new planets, meet space aliens and make new friends before returning to that ‘snuggly bug place, ‘A Place Called Home’.
A successful Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding bid, alongside generous local financial backing and in-kind support from North Lincolnshire Council, has allowed for the book’s development into an exciting interactive music and story project.
Addy’s wonderful story provides many creative openings for art, movement, rhyme, music and song. The Music Hub was delighted to also commission Sue Nicholls to write a collection of catchy songs with arrangements by Hilary Miles to facilitate the story’s musical aspects.
Young children aged 5 and under from 13 schools are currently involved in creative music, story and arts workshops led by the Music Hub and Participation and Achievement team. The workshops bring the whole story to life and involve much participation including singing, moving to music and expressive interaction. The children also have the opportunity to enjoy listening to high quality instrumental accompaniments from the North Lincolnshire Music Service.
A wide variety of creative arts suggestions for young children, ideas on how to develop them in their settings, and share with parents, have been welcomed by the schools’ teachers and practitioners.
The project will finish with a joint schools interactive concert and book launch publicity event at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe on Friday 6 July. This performance of A Place Called Home will include participation by the young children and their families, feature the fantastic story teller Kirsty Mead of Rhubarb Theatre and also involve music service musicians, Music Hub and Participation and Achievement practitioners.
We are so grateful to everyone involved in making this project possible.
Erica Hardy – Development Officer – Cultural and Education Partnerships (Project Lead)