[Press & Publications] HUNTING THE JELLYBEAN TREE: SOUNDBEAM EXPERIENCE AT THE RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE



October 1999

No 189

David Jackson will once again be bringing The New Soundbeam experience to the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre on Tuesday 2 November, when he will introduce the intriguing Jellybean Tree.

Soundbeam has been featured on BBC Television's Tomorrow's World. It presents an opportunity for people with and without disabilities to make music in new and exciting ways, using the breaking of soundbeams to create musical notes. Even slight movement becomes composition and groups working creatively together can conjure up colourful worlds of sound.

David Jackson's Jellybean Tree is an invention enabling people who may have disabilities to access ten different instruments in one go. Exactly how it works is a mystery which David Jackson will unveil at his Richard Attenborugh Centre workshop.

The all-day workshop will cater for participants with disabilities in the morning, with a lunchtime Soundbite performance, followed by an afternoon session for people interested in communication and movement.

Organising tutor for music at the Centre, Philip Herbert, said: "David Jackson has a very specialised way of operating. His work is gradually spreading around the country. He is one of the most experienced Soundbeam practitioners, so his sessions at the Richard Attenborough Centre are not just clinical experiences. His last course attracted some people with severe disabilities and for some of them it was the first time they could make music. Their enjoyment was very obvious."

Formally opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in May 1997, the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts is open to everybody, but has a special focus on people with disabilities and other members of the public who may have found access to arts education difficult. Its work has evolved from courses run by the University's Department of Adult Education for groups under-represented in adult and community education.

The New Soundbeam Experience takes place at the Richard Attenborough Centre on Tuesday 2 November from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. For details contact the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts, PO Box 138, University Road, Leicester LE1 9HN, telephone 0116 252 2455, minicom 0116 223 1520, fax 0116 252 5165, email RACentre@le.ac.uk

Note for editors: Further details are available from Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music, Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455.


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