Working In The Community
Working In The Community
The vision behind our work is striving to push artistic boundaries while at the same time enabling local community members and volunteers to play an active role in our projects.
We believe passionately that by working together, we can create something greater than if we worked as individuals.
With this in mind, you will find our work underpinned by volunteers who we encourage to get involved. We also seek to find new opportunities where individuals of all ages and abilities can gain experience in media, technology and creative arts.
The short film below includes footage from The Light, Romsey. The vast majority of those involved both on the technical and performance side were volunteers.
Training & Mentoring
From the stage performance to engineering construction, we develop transferrable skills and give people experiences they may not otherwise have had.
Opportunities we have created have included mentoring individuals in music & film production, performance techniques, engineering & design, rigging & high access training, event planning & management and stage lighting & sound production.
Workshops are often run by professionals in their field, but workshops can also be run by people who have been mentored as part of previous projects. We always encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience gained as a result of our work.
Using film and new media is a great way for us to involve a broad section of our community in our projects. It can allow an individual to tell their story or for us to highlight an issue in the local community and then link that in with a performance.
We recognise that not everyone can engage with art and music in the same way. Some people may not wish to perform in front of other people, while others may not be able to for a variety of reasons. It may simply be that they cannot be present for a performance on a set day.
Creating film is a hugely valuable part of our work as not only does it broaden our community engagement, but it also allows us to create legacies of projects to be kept and viewed into the future.
We often work with large mixed-ability cross-community choirs. For some projects, this has meant creating a choir from scratch. For others, we’ve worked with existing choirs and singers.
Choirs provide a fantastic way to get people of all ages actively engaged in art. Singers get to share in being part of a team and working towards a common goal. In turn this can develop self-confidence & self-awareness. Above all, singing in a choir has been highlighted by the NHS as being one of the most beneficial ways to support issues surrounding Mental Health.
Images above ↑ Community Choir put together by Conical Sphere Music for The Light 2015. | Combined Choirs in Romsey Abbey, The Light 2017 | Recording The Lowly Candle Flame with choral singers from St Peter’s Parkstone & Bournemouth | Sam Hanson conducting a rehearsal for The Light project. All images have been taken as part of Conical Sphere Music CIC Projects