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Mind The Gap started in February 2014 at Fine City Audio, a small independent studio in Norwich. We ran music sessions every Wednesday until the end of August of that year. Our aim was to provide a place where people could meet and play together, allowing bands to form organically. Mental Health can be a very lonely place and with the support of each other and Mind The Gap our members have not only a creative outlet but also a place to meet new people and make friends. Although we had no premises by Christmas we all got together for a party.
Funded through the European Union, and delivered in partnership with Community Music East, this project supported the personal development of adults who were unemployed and facing multiple disadvantage in getting a job (e.g. mental health issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD, in recovery from drug or alcohol issues).
A total of 23 participants attended from February to June 2015 at Plug Studios on Wednesday afternoons to form bands, write songs, rehearse, record and hang out with like-minded people.The project culminated in a celebration gig at popular Norwich music venue The Owl Sanctuary, with a line-up which included genres ranging from punk to electro and acoustic.
The Story of Kett’s Rebellion 1549
Mind The Gap are very excited to be working with local theatre group The Common Lot, providing the music for their play 1549, The Story of Ketts Rebellion. A group of 10 Mind The Gap members are co-writing the music and will be will performing a live score at 10 shows in Norwich parks over three weekends in the summer.
Mind The Gap made a short documentary highlighting the positive effects of music making on mental health and wellbeing. The 10-minute film was make by Mind The Gap tutor Paul Thompson and members of the Wednesday Drop-In sessions. Members attended a one-day film making course with BBC Voices. The project was funded by Target Follow.
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We had a premiere of the film for members and supporters at the Auditorium in the Forum.
Hellesdon Summer Fete
In 2017, 2018, and 2019, we took to the stage at Hellesdon Hospital Summer Fete. Over 20 musicians played in 8 different bands, everyone performed well, and most of all enjoyed themselves tremendously. Our next performance will be Disability Pride on Sunday 16th September. Details to follow.
Mind The Gap has performed at this event in 2019,
Starting in 2017, Sue has produced Disconnect To Reconnect, a beautiful collection of sunset photographs (and a few moons).
Possibly our most well-known events have been our Christmas busking appearances, which began with the first version, Punk Carols, with The Common Lot.