Whack IT Smack IT: Junk music with a difference

One of the SHG committee members, Mal Brown, will be presenting a show on making music with instruments made from junk on Friday 22 July at 7.00 at the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. Tickets £10, child £5.

A thought provoking performance including musicianship, recycling, creativity, multiculturalism and buckets of fun. Think ‘STOMP’ with melodies and audience participation. Fun for all ages, so bring the whole family and go home with a different view of the world.

All profits go to The Alzheimer’s Society for dementia research. SHG members may remember Mal’s fun presentation to the group at the Lantern last year. His website is http://www.whackitsmackit.co.uk/

19 March meeting: Mal Brown on ‘Junk Music’

whackitphotos 006-editedSomething a bit different for our first meeting of the year, with audience participation promised. Mal is an SHG member, and will demonstrate how to make music from scrap materials. There is of course also a serious side to this: he will talk on the need to control the amount of waste material we produce. Anything may happen during the talk and usually does!

Mal’s web site is http://www.whackitsmackit.co.uk/

7.30 pm at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG. All are welcome. Donations are requested to cover the cost of room hire, refreshments etc.

Meeting report: Stewart Lever on Finding a New Dream.

2011022Maghull(2)On 17 April, Stewart took us along with him through the journey he made after his wife Anne’s death in 2001, after 32 years together. Performing his own music he kept us captivated, and alternating between tears and laughter.

He described the almost indescribable pain, but showed us how it is possible to be happy again, although the loved one never leaves us totally.

Two years after his loss he became a bereavement counsellor and is currently chair of Warrington Bereavement Support. He explained the recovery process in terms of J. W. Worden’s Tasks of Mourning: accepting the reality of the loss, working through the pain of grief, adjusting to the environment in which the deceased is missing, and emotionally relocating the deceased and moving on with life while not forgetting the loved one.

Along the way we even all sang along to his song ‘Finicky Frogs’!

Those who had been bereaved must have been helped by his honest approach and positive message, and we thank him for this. You can visit Stewart’s site at www.stewartlever.co.uk

17 April meeting: Stewart Lever on music and counselling the bereaved

Stewart Lever, “singer, songwriter, naturist and dreamer”, will talk on Finding a new dream: the recovery journey Stewart took following the death of his wife, Anne, in 2001.

Stewart is now a trained bereavement counsellor, and Chair of Warrington Bereavement Support. He is an atheist and a humanist.

The meeting is on Thursday17 April  at 7.30 pm at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG.  All are welcome. Donations are requested to cover the cost of room hire, refreshments etc.

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