Chris Moore

      Pat Tansell

      Pat hasn’t let her congenital blindness stop her from starting to learn the piano aged 80. Opportunities for her to learn earlier in her life did not arise, so she has grabbed the chance to get those fingers tinkling and has become an accomplished pianist in only just over 2 years. She has been a regular participant in PMZ’s ‘Keep Singing Keepsakes’ sessions at ‘The Rise’ – sheltered housing for people with sight loss. She is also a dedicated and active forum member for both PMZer and Engage at PMZ. Even her recent difficult battles with health have not diminished her drive and determination to develop musically at the same time as passionately advocating for others to be able to do the same.

          Mike Canning

          MUSICAL NOTES 

          What do you do for PMZ?

          I help in three sessions a week: in ‘Baton Beats’ – a weekly percussion session for anyone over 18, ‘Moving Sounds’ music and movement workshop for adults with disabilities and the regular ‘Keep Singing Keepsake’ session at the Rise (Plympton). I also assist Intergenerational Coordinator Rob with the Rhythma and Resepect project and the PMZ forums.

          Do you play any instruments?

          I play midi keyboard and an iPad, I also try a bit of singing now and then.

          What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

          A set of drums because I can sometimes be loud!

          What has music done for you in your life?

          Music has helped build up my confidence and all the people at PMZ have helped me grow as a person.   As a result it’s enabled me to volunteer at SCOPE and I also now enjoy volunteering for iOrchestra once a year.   I don’t think I would ever have tried to volunteer for Highbury if I wasn’t at PMZ.

          What’s the best bit about volunteering at PMZ?

          I volunteer and work in many places. Sometimes I feel as though I don’t get treated equally.  However at PMZ I feel as though they are like another family.

          What’s the first record/CD you ever bought?

          I think it was one of the “Now that’s what I call Music” CDs, I enjoy a variety of different types of music from 60s to heavy rock and some of today’s chart hits.

              Chris Burns

              MUSICAL NOTES

              What do you do for PMZ? 

              Volunteer, (Steve) Blakey’s little helper, photographer, PMZer Forum member, car park attendant and greeter.

              Do you play any instruments?

              Not really

              What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

              Beat Machine

              What has music done for you in your life?

              Tends to get me singing in the car. Can be a source of ideas and thought

              What’s the best bit about volunteering at PMZ?

              Fun, laughter and the close relationships which are formed.

              What was the first record/CD you ever bought?

              Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

                  Christopher Hunt

                  PMZ Trustee

                  Creative Technologist, Controlled Frenzy. Director at Digital Plymouth

                   

                  MUSICAL NOTES

                  What do you do for PMZ?

                  I volunteer with PMZ’s Digital Orchestra to help extend their work with visuals, data and accessible interfaces. I’ve been inspired by that amazing group for disabled musicians over the past 2 years and have grown to absolutely love the work of Plymouth Music Zone. Now I’ve become a Trustee and have started to support the digital strategy across the whole of PMZ to ensure they can extend their immense expertise further afield, including internationally. I particularly love the blend of digital and humanity that happens at PMZ. Others have much to learn from how they operate.

                  Do you play any instruments?

                  While never really able to crack playing something beyond Guitar Hero, a lifetime ago I used to sing and perform as part of several amateur dramatics groups. I realise that revealing this will doom me to getting on the microphone at the Digital Orchestra!

                  What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

                  It’s obviously got to be something flashy, interesting and most definitely digital. Maybe a Yamaha Tenori-on?

                  What has music done for you in your life?

                  I’ll always credit that time spent singing with teaching me how to be confident in front of an audience and how to make my voice heard. It’s amazing what performing did for my self confidence.

                  What’s the best bit about working at PMZ?

                  The team is a huge, supportive family who make a real and valuable impact. Walking into the space, you just feel the love and appreciation for the work that happens here.

                  What’s the first record/CD you ever bought?

                  I must have been 7 or 8, so forgive the lack of taste, but it was ‘The Simpsons Sing the Blues’, bought with an HMV Christmas voucher. I probably know all the words to ‘Do The Bartman’ by heart!