On Monday 15th April, the iconic Royal Albert Hall played host to the award-winning Music Man Project for an inspirational performance of their 'Music is Magic' show.
Led by composer and founder David Stanley, the unique charity concert featured hundreds of musicians with learning disabilities from across the country and were supported by the Lorraine Kelly Studio Orchestra and special guests. Amongst the guests enjoying the Monday night performance were Sir David Amess MP, Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt, and actor Peter Egan.
The Music Man Project is the UK’s only full-time specialist music education service for children and adults with a learning disability and provides life-changing performance opportunities for people who face extraordinary challenges every day of their lives. The group have grown out of Southend's Mencap branch and have now expanded across the UK. Local MP Sir David Amess has long championed the work of the project and praised founder David Stanley for his devotion to creating inspirational opportunities for musicians with a learning disability.
Speaking at the performance, Sir David said 'This has been a very humbling experience for all of us, but for the audience it has been truly amazing. Most importantly it has been enjoyed by the families, friends and relatives, and i can only begin to imagine how each and every one of you must be bursting with pride at what these young people have achieved. These people have proved that music is magic, and dreams can come true, and tonight their dreams have come true.'