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promoting social inclusion through music and the creative arts

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2014 Team London Award
JOS Team Recognised for
exemplary contribution to
volunteering in London.
Thank you all.

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Special Commendation
Arts and Health
Award 2009

Winners of the 2009
Active Citizens of
Europe Award

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Winners of the 2008
London Health
Commission Award
Mental Health and
Well-being category

Hannah's Dance

A Film by Vesna Marich featuring JOS volunteer Hannah James

Film Premiere
September 19th

Watch short clip

Link to excerpt from 15 minute radio feature
by  Amanda Cooper BA,
MA Radio Production Student,
Bournemouth University

Thank you for your creative contribution to what was a

memorable day - solar eclipse, spring equinox and international happiness day.
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Your input is much appreciated towards JOS' ongoing development

Joy of Sound Team

Joy of Sound at Redmond Centre, Hackney FEEDBACK

Joy of Sound music sessions in 2015

Tuesdays, Chats Palace Arts Centre (Hackney)
Salvation Army (Portobello Road)
Fridays, St. Peter's Heritage Centre (Vauxhall)
Venues maps and directions.

If you're interested in joining Joy of Sound participatory music workshop please, get in touch.
We are currently running weekly sessions at Chats Palace, Hackney (Tuesday morning), Salvation army, Portobelo Road (Thursday morning) and St. Peter's Heritage Centre, Vauxhall (Friday morning). Everyone wellcome. For more information about time and direction, contact

Hannah's Dance by Vesna Marich (Trailer)

This project has taken more than two years to complete, due to a shared commitment to honour inclusive participatory process at every stage of the work, from the development and production of the dance piece, to the music soundtrack and voice recording, filming and editing. None of this would not have been possible without the strong will and creative determination of Vesna Marich, who instigated the project, the JOS volunteer team that has participated and facilitated throughout, and of course Hannah James who’s dynamic and effervescent personality inspired Vesna to make the film.
Thank you to all who have been involved in any way in making this such a fine, memorable and rewarding project.and inclusive workshop techniques.


Network meetings are a great opportunity for London- based people interested or involved in intergenerational work to share experiences and good practice, meet, network and swap information in a friendly, informal environment.

More information  here
Program for a day here


Joy of Sound (JOS) is an inclusive music and creative arts project that provides workshops and equipment to enable anybody, regardless of their abilities and dexterity, to enjoy taking part in music making and other arts activities.

The aims of JOS are to:
  • Promote non-verbal communication
  • Encourage improved mental health and well-being
  • Build self-confidence
  • Create a joyful, non-judgmental space for individual creativity and equal participation
  • Provide new opportunities for learning and career development

To achieve these goals, JOS offers:

  • Regular weekly / fortnightly group music making sessions
  • Day / half day workshops and presentations for events, festivals and conferences
  • Training in inclusive workshop leading techniques
  • Consultation on inclusive design
  • Staff training and development
  • One-to-one facilitation
  • Provision of bespoke and adapted instruments for individuals

JOS is now in its 15th year of development, and the JOS team of experienced inclusive workshop facilitators are skilled across the spectrum of creative arts practice and delivery.

JOS maintains an ongoing program of research into bespoke and adapted musical instrument design

Training 2015

  Joy Of Sound runs training sessions at various times in the year. 
  Please contact for news and updates on next training dates


JOS Volunteers are encouraged to assist with all aspects of workshop set up and delivery including: preparation of workshop space, music instruments cleaning, preparation, tuning , stringing and minor repairs - work with workshops facilitator/s delivering sessions - assist post session clearance and pack up - attend after session informal debriefing sessions in situ or at a local cafe.

Volunteers will be introduced to - and invited to actively participate in all aspects of JOS improvisational music making sessions that involves the gradual experiential learning of JOS inclusive approaches to vocal and instrumental improvisation. People with previous music making experience, new and none players are all equally welcome and able to join in, and to make a valuable contribution. Training and mentoring will be given.

If you wish, after your first introductory session, a member of the JOS team will be available to speak with you by telephone - or at an arranged  meeting  - to discuss any matters arising from your experience, and towards your potential continuum as an occasional or regular JOS Volunteer.  An open, respectful, and inclusive social nature - willingness, enthusiasm and commitment to co-creative learning by experience - humanitarianism, the ability to undertake one or more of the duties mentioned above, punctuality and dependability, creative and exploratory nature, commitment to equality and the ability to laugh at yourself are all characteristics that might serve you and become enhanced in Volunteering with JOS  -  and of course any others that you bring to share will be much appreciated. 
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Funding and Support

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Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales support

JOS is absolutely delighted to have received news from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, confirming their support of Joy of Sound activities, until October 2015.  This support will allow development of project potential, generate new opportunities and outreach work, as well as new inclusive instrument design initiatives. We are looking forward to progressing with planned changes that will benefit, not only JOS participants, but the wider community as well .

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The London Community Foundation
JOS team is delighted and excited to receive support from The London Community Foundation Wellbeing and Happiness grants scheme, that will enable JOS to present a new series of inclusive combined art workshops, working with participants dealing with mental health issues. For more information contact:  We are  updating the JOS website with further details  on weekly basis.

  INCLOODU Festival

On 9th November 2013 Joy of Sound was invited to provide inclusive music workshops at INCLOODU - London's first ever Festival of Deaf Arts at Rich Mix. 12 JOS volunteers co-facilitated three exiting, moving and memorable inclusive music workshops and shared an amazing experience.

BIM AJADI, a deaf film-maker, and assistant Therese Garratty, recorded the sessions in a manner that captures their natural warmth and beauty expressed in colours, tones, textures, and interactive energies - and in a manner that portrays the qualities of sound, silence, vibration and atmospherics that were experienced by the broad spectrum of hearing and none hearing people that participated.

Thank you INCLOODU for inviting JOS, and BIM for your lovely film.


If you would like to support Text JOYS01 £2 / £5 / £10 to 70070

Any Old Instruments or Equipment?

We are always on the lookout for instruments - perhaps you have an old guitar or fiddle stored in an attic or garage? If so, please contact us - any type, age or condition considered! To maintain JOS project activities  we are looking for musical  instruments, of any kind new or old, in any condition. Also, any music related items such as scores, accessories, strings,bows and cases, recordings etc.  Whatever you have to offer, JOS will put it to good use towards the continuation and development of our activities.  Request for instruments

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Incredibow log link We would like to thank Incredibows for generous provision of their amazingly hard wearing carbon fibre violin bows - no more shredding horsehair! Also, thanks to MERU for their ongoing help with instruments, covers, plectrums and general collaboration. MERU logo link

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