On Tuesday 13th December, Canterbury Music Group held an open mic event to celebrate the musical achievements of people in Skillnet. The organisers welcomed people of all musical abilities, with and without learning difficulties in Skillnet and the general public.
Poppy Collie, a musician, artist and member of the Canterbury Music Group wrote the following article about the event.
"A lot of people came to the open mic and enjoyed themselves. It was a totally epic afternoon. I would like to thank James for setting up for the live performances and providing the sounds - they were brilliant. I would also like to thank Discovery Catering who provided sandwiches for the event.
Also I would like to thank my guitarist, Joe, for giving me support. and working with me on my songs, 'First Touch,Honey" and "World War 1" which I wrote and performed. Thank you to my mentor, Steve, who helped me with my singing which is my life, passion and soul. I also sang Eva Cassidy, 'Fever' with James on the drums. I did it very well. I will be back singing again next year and I hope you can join us! We would love to see more professional musicians and celebrities joining us at future open mic events."
Poppy is one of many musicians in Skillnet music groups across Kent. Many group members also undertake accredited qualifications within the group. People with and without learning difficulties work together on song writing, playing instruments, performance and music promotion. Find out how you can get involved here.
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Photo taken by Poppy Collie. "Sam performing"