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Sound Therapy course adds new dimension

Sound Therapy workshop

Sensory instruments used in sound-scape

In October I began my training as a Sound Therapy practitioner at The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST)

The first intensive module of the Sound Therapy practitioner course was held at the University of Chichester at the delightful Bognor Regis campus. There now follows a period of coursework and case studies. The training covered a vast amount of material relating to the sound and gong baths, sound-scape creation and the therapeutic application of drumming. I shall be looking for willing people to experience sessions as part of my case studies so please let me know if this would be of interest to you or the groups you work with. I have already incorporated some of the instruments and playing techniques into my existing group work and will be holding some special relaxation-based sessions as an antidote to all the nonsense that we are surrounded with at this time of year!

I have been privileged to be able to acquire some beautiful sensory instruments including two large gongs which have a sound that is too rich and powerful to be described in words. These instruments will be used in my on-going work with people at the end of the dementia journey which will form an important part of my project work in 2018.

My thanks go out to the wonderful friends I made at the Sound Therapy practitioner training, from many parts of the world and all different backgrounds. I learned so much from sharing experiences and laughter with you all and I am sure many of us will keep in touch. The gift of friendship is invaluable as is the love of sound that brings us together. One friend quoted recently, ‘The Earth without art is just…Eh?’

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Social Saturday Drumming Taster event

Friday October 13th

Venue: Jubilee Park Community Centre, Powis Avenue, Tipton DY4 0RJ

Time 12.30 till 2.30

Drumming Together comes to Sandwell.

Free drop-in taster session, everyone welcome.

Come and meet us, play on some drums and find out about our brand new project coming to Sandwell. This taster session celebrates Social Saturday, a nationwide day of events and activities to celebrate the nation’s booming social enterprise sector.
Drumming Together workshops are multi-sensory music sessions for older people. They are dementia-friendly and promote well-being. In our workshop participants:
• Try something new in a supportive environment
• Make friends and share laughter
• Play on real instruments (no musical knowledge needed)
• Use drums to ‘talk’ in new ways

After building up our venture in Herefordshire and mid-Wales we are excited to be expanding into Sandwell. Details of our new Drumming Together programme starting in November are soon to be released. Come along and find out more on October 13th.

About social enterprise. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to deliver on a social or environmental mission. That might be providing training and skills to people who want to get into work, creating quality products from items that may otherwise have gone to waste, supporting development projects abroad or running community owned energy projects in the UK
There are nearly 80,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing over a million people and contributing more than £24 billion to the UK economy.

Together they are changing people’s lives in a positive way and transforming local communities. We are proud to be a part of Social Saturday and encourage your members to come along to our event, and to find out more about the work we do. Social Saturday is promoted by Social Enterprise UK.

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PRIME Cymru Growth Award short film

Here is the short film made by PRIME Cymru for the Business Awards ceremony 2017. The film was made at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon where we hold regular Drumming Together sessions.

Whilst Beat It did not win the category it was good to be shortlisted and gain recognition for the work of myself, the Directors and Volunteers. The file is only short – enjoy it!

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Drumming Together groups meet again

Drumming Together in Brecon

Drumming Together resumes at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon at a new time of 10.30 on Monday mornings. We now meet in the smaller and friendlier Meeting Room. New members are welcome to join us for this 8 week course aimed at older adults who are looking for something creative and social to get involved with. We also begin the autumn term at Hereford Courtyard this week.

I have been working hard to promote Beat It further afield, offering taster sessions and negotiating with potential partners and customers. In addition I have been writing bids and securing the next round of work, as it is a constant challenge to keep work and funds flowing. More exciting projects reaching into the West Midlands and Powys are in the pipeline for October, news of which I will share in due course. Meanwhile sessions continue with regular and new customers.

September sees Beat It working with Aspire Community Hub in Hereford once more. We will be providing a course of sessions for Aspire’s adult service users and look forward to sharing some new instruments and activities that we have accumulated since we were last at Aspire in 2016. We are also pleased to be beginning working with a new customer, the National Star College in Hereford, for young people with complex and multiple learning disabilities. We will be returning to Autism West Midlands’ Oakfield House and visiting West Eaton House in Leominster for more bell-ringing. Always looking ahead we will continue working with the University of Gloucestershire who are our evaluation partners to ensure we gain the maximum impact from our projects.

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Local press: Drumming Together in Brecon

Drumming out dementia

Thursday, 6 July 2017
By Brecon and Radnor Reporter in Community News

Martyn Green CEO of Theatr Brycheiniog gets involved in a community drumming session

Theatr Brycheiniog CEO Martyn Green takes part in a pilot Drumming Together session aimed at helping people with dementia.

THE first Welsh Dementia Friendly percussion group is starting at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon at the end of the summer.

Lynn Kay, who runs the free Drumming Together sessions, is the director of Beat It Percussion, which provides specialised music classes for people living with dementia.

The sessions are an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to connect with others in an enjoyable way.

Theatr chief executive Martyn Green said: “We are delighted to be working with Lynn to provide these pioneering Drumming Together sessions at Theatr Brycheiniog.

“We believe that everybody deserves access to and can benefit from the arts, and we are therefore proud to have also hosted Brecon Dementia Awareness Week as well as Drumming Together, and regular Dementia Friendly training sessions for staff and volunteers over the last few months.”

After the success of the pilot sessions at Theatr Brycheiniog in May and June, the Drumming Together sessions will return to the Theatr in September after a summer break.

These sessions will be held in the Studio at Theatr Brycheiniog every Monday, 1.30-3pm from September 4 to October 9.

For more information, contact Lynn on 07875 090946, or email

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Beat It shortlisted for Growth Business Award

News Release 3rd July 2017
BEAT IT PERCUSSION CIC: PRIME Cymru Growth Business Award
Hay on Wye based social enterprise Beat It Percussion CIC is delighted to have been shortlisted for PRIME Cymru’s Growth Business Award.
Beat It runs Dementia-friendly sessions for older adults at community settings including Brecon’s Theatr Brycheiniog. Other local projects are in the pipeline. The organisation also works across the border in Herefordshire and is spreading throughout the West Midlands. Over the last year Beat It has grown in turnover and scope and has recently recruited and trained a team of local volunteers and a new music practitioner. Recognising the importance of providing high quality activities for people living with Dementia, Theatr Brycheiniog is supporting the sessions throughout their initial pilot in Wales.
Martyn Green, CEO of Theatr Brycheiniog, said: ‘We are delighted that Beat It Percussion has been recognised by PRIME Cymru through being shortlisted for the Growth Business Award. We are proud to support Beat It’s highly beneficial and innovative Drumming Together sessions, which make a big difference to the participants’ lives, helping people come together, have fun and be creative. We believe that everybody deserves access to and can benefit from the arts, and we want to support the ongoing growth of awareness, understanding and the provision of high quality activities, for people living with Dementia in Powys and beyond.’ PRIME Cymru (the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise in Wales) is the Prince of Wales’s charity that supports people over the age of 50 to start their own business or find employment.
‘’PRIME Cymru supports such a wide range of fantastic businesses set up by people over 50 in Wales and the Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate them and to thank them and our mentors for all the hard work they do,” said David Pugh, Chief Executive, PRIME Cymru. The Awards categories for 2017 are: New business, Growth business, Green Business and Mentor of the Year.
Lynn Kay, Beat It’s CEO said: ‘’Being shortlisted for this award is significant because it recognises not only my work but also the great effort put in by Beat It’s Directors, volunteers and practitioners who have all been instrumental in our success over the last year. Older people often face loneliness and isolation, particularly in rural areas. Our Drumming Together gives people the chance to come together to play drums, chat and enjoy mental and physical exercises which are really good for retaining skills and flexibility. This programme is becoming recognised as a significant development in supporting people who are at the early stages of dementia.’’
Brecon Group members commented: ‘’I have enjoyed experimenting with different sounds. It’s been really interesting to ‘meet’ your instruments and seeing what we can make them do’’
‘’Everybody can have a go, it’s not just you showing us. As a person it helps me focus. I’m here thinking about other people rather than me… All of us have something we need to leave behind us and take a break from.’’
The sessions at Theatr Brycheiniog resume in September. They run in the Studio at Theatr Brycheiniog on Mondays, 1.30 – 3pm, September 4 – 25 and October 2 & 9

To find out more please contact Lynn at Beat It on 07875 090946, email Alternatively, you can contact Theatr Brycheiniog on 01874 611622 or visit the website:
For more information about the PRIME Cymru and the Awards please contact or visit

Dementia friendly Community Drumming group at Theatr Brycheiniog

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Creative Ageing event celebrated well-being

Beat It held a lively and entertaining open workshop last Wednesday at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford. Part of the Remember Me event this day celebrated living well with dementia and offered information sessions as well as drawing, exhibitions, singing, dance and of course our community drumming taster session.

The video below shows what some of the participants thought about the afternoon’s music-making. One newcomer to our workshops commented: ‘Percussion is all about human beings going back to their primitive roots and really communicating with each other’. I found this a very moving comment, as it is all too easy to get so involved in the logistics of running the workshops and worrying about providing a great experience for everyone that I lose touch with the deeper reasons why playing drums with people is so powerful. ‘When a group of people play a rhythm for an extended period of time, their brain waves become entrained to the rhythm, and they have a shared brain wave state…It’s really the oldest holy communion’ (Redmond, 1998)

It was good to catch up with friends from the Leominster Meeting Centre where we provide regular community music-making sessions. We wish the Centre well in their efforts to secure continuing funding to provide the valuable service to people living with dementia and their families in the Leominster area.

Lynn from Beat It meeting up with friends from Leominster Meeting Centre

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Drumming Together crosses the border

A new course of Drumming Together sessions begins tomorrow at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon in Powys, Wales. Our team of newly recruited volunteers will be helping me to deliver the session held in the Drama Studio at the Theatr. This is the first time we have taken the project across the border into Wales so it is a significant step for Beat It Percussion. People living with dementia and those who care for them will be welcomed at the sessions which are aimed at older people in the local community who are looking for something creative and social to get involved with.

Thank you to Awards for All Wales for making this project possible, this 12 week pilot will enable us to assess the popularity of the programme and make plans for future growth in Powys.

Other news: I am steadily building links in the West Midlands and there are several exciting new projects in the pipeline, more will be revealed as plans become firmer.

On a light note, one of my local WIs, Clyro, invited me to do a talk and drum circle activity to the group (see below). It was great fun and after getting over their initial self-consciousness everyone got lost in the rhythms and there was even some spontaneous dancing. I like these little events.

Beat It at Clyro WI, Herefordshire last week

Brecon Drum Leaflet

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Happy Birthday Drumming Together

Drumming Together, our one year project funded by The Big Lottery’s People’s Project is now one year old. Having provided over 60 sessions across Herefordshire and Worcestershire the programme is now well-established and ready to be delivered in new places. We are delighted that the Courtyard in Hereford and Leominster Meeting Centre will be commissioning more sessions beyond the life of the grant.

Watch our video celebrating one year of Drumming Together in Leominster:

Other news: following a very well-attended volunteer information session last week I will be running a Volunteers Training event on Monday at Theatr Brycheiniog. This is a welcome change from my usual work and enables me to practise the skills I used to use as an adult literacy tutor and before that a staff team manager. It is stimulating to be asked questions that are impossible to answer and volunteers can be relied upon to do this! I look forward to working with these new volunteers whose skills, experiences and fresh outlook will bring new energy to our group sessions.

I think I have earned a few days off now, before it all starts up again….

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Beat It’s new adventure into Wales

Last week Beat It visited the brand new dementia-friendly Friendship Circle in Brecon, Powys where we met members, staff, visitors and student volunteers from the local college. Our session was themed around sounds and how different sounds can evoke mood and memory. It was great to be able to share my huge West African Community Drum which can easily be played by four people at a time.

Today sees the beginning of Drumming Together at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon with our Volunteers Recruitment event, followed by volunteer training next week. Sessions for members will begin on Monday May 8th.

Meanwhile the last of the People’s Project funded sessions in Leominster will take place tomorrow. Look out for our next blog which will feature our new video filmed in Leominster, celebrating a year of Drumming Together.

West African Community Drum

Beat It at Dementia Matters in St Johns Centre, Brecon at the new Friendship Circle

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