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promoting social inclusion through music and the creative arts


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Congratulations due once again for a 3rd International Award for Hannah's Dance.

Events Summer 2016

Follow links for details

Sunday July 17th 3.40 pm Lambeth Country Show
JOS has been asked back again this year to run a workshop at the well known South London show in Herne Hill

August 5th Day of Music and Theatre Arts that will include - launch of JOS Redmond Sonic Arts Album - launch of the new JOS website - JOS Volunteers Operetta ‘ Musing with Shades of Life’ - two new JOS films, Photo-narrative Exhibitions, Further details to follow soon

Every Friday :development sessions at Vauxhall towards our Mini Operetta to be presented on August 5th.

Joy of Sound
Registered Charity
No. 1126361
Registered Company
No. 6403192
St Peter's Heritage Centre,
310 Kennington Lane,
London, SE11 5HY

William: 07906 916 524
Vesna:   07826 514 756
William E Longden
Vesna Marich
Joy of Sound
28 Peckford Place
London SW9 7BP

Have you visited a JOS workshop recently? Please click on the link below to share your thoughts, feelings and observations

Musicking with Joy of Sound
by Robbie Campbell

from PMLD Link
Reprinted by kind permission

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

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Click here to view the
Joy of Sound Annual Review 2015

Special Commendation
Arts and Health
Award 2009

Winners of the 2009
Active Citizens of
Europe Award

London Health Commission Award logo

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

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

Joy of Sound (JOS) is an inclusive music and creative arts project that is run by volunteers. JOS 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 it's 15th year of development, 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 2016
 There will be a continuing series of training days over the summer. Please keep an eye on our facebook page or contact for news and updates as dates are confirmed

Joy of Sound weekly music sessions

We are currently running weekly sessions at Chats Palace, Hackney (Tuesday morning), Salvation Army, Portobello Road (Thursday morning) and St. Peter's Heritage Centre, Vauxhall (Friday morning). If you are interested in attending a Joy of Sound participatory music workshop, or for more information about times or directions, please either contact or click on the links below
Everyone welcome

  Venue maps                Workshop Times and Locations

'Hannah's Dance' documentary wins three film awards

'Hannah's Dance', the documentary made by Vesna Marich, has, so far, won two awards at different film festivals. These were for 'Best Documentary' at the Portobello Film Festival in 2015,the 'Award of Merit' for the 'Best Shorts Competition' in 2014, and 'Best Award –- Films on Disability Issues', at the CreActive International Open Film Festival 2016.

The film project took more than two years to complete. This was due to the 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, the filming and the editing.

However, the film could not have been produced nor would it have been so successful without the strong will and creative determination of all those involved in the project, Vesna Marich, who initially instigated the project, and the JOS volunteer team that participated and facilitated throughout. And, of course, Hannah James whose dynamic and effervescent personality inspired Vesna to make the film. Working together, they ensured that this inclusive participatory project was memorable, rewarding and highly successful.

Click to watch film trailer
Click to watch a short film clip


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. 

    Please email

Funding and Support

Lloyds logo
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

In 2014, the JOS team was delighted and excited to receive support from The London Community Foundation Wellbeing and Happiness grants scheme. This enabled JOS to present a new series of inclusive combined art workshops, working with participants dealing with mental health issues. For more information contact: 

  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 JOY01 £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

Supported by:

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Community Development Fund logoLondon Health Commision logoPeabody Trust logo Connectong Communities Plus Logo Lambeth First logo Millenium Awards logo