Welcome to a unique music service for people with a learning disability, difficulty or special educational need. I believe that whether through entertainment, education or therapy, music has the power to change lives and the Music Man Project run by Southend Mencap is just the start of my ambition to establish greater opportunities for all people to learn through music-making and fun. All of us carry a musical instinct which can unlock tremendous potential and it is my desire that thousands of people will one day benefit from many Music Man Projects established around the UK.
"I watched the documentary with great pleasure and was particularly moved by the testimony given by the students"
Rt Hon. David Cameron, Prime Minister
The premiere screening of Paul Carpenter's eagerly anticipated documentary about the Southend Mencap Music School took place on 24th November. The film is a truly remarkable record of all that is magical about the Southend Mencap Musical Family and exquisitely captures the very essence of the Mencap Music School, covering rehearsals and performances during the 2011 festive season and then on to the memorable 24-hour Music Marathon on Southend Pier in April 2012. It certainly deserved its standing ovation on the night!