Being Heard, a musical platform for the services users of CPM, was born in 2010 with a belief and understanding that “music has no boundaries”. Through music appreciation, musical theory and analysis, composition and song writing, vocal and instrumental performance, each member of Being Heard has been able to find an expression and a voice, both individually and also as a collective ensemble in the practice and rehearsal that takes place each week. 
 
Led by Richard Ganner, music teacher, vocal coach and performer with over 25 years teaching and performance experience throughout the Midlands, Being Heard has grown in numbers to around 20 service users each session exploring performance technique through the popular Being Heard Choir and the completion of their first musical, “Fauntleroy” which was premiered in 2016. The Being Heard group are currently working on their second musical, “Every Life Has It’s Purpose”, the telling of the life of Dr. Earl Carlson to celebrate CPM’s 70th Anniversary later on this year. Through musical workshop sessions, the members of Being Heard work on the writing of lyrics and narration, melody and harmony, recording of their own work and vocal performance through a series of rehearsals until the work is ready for presentation. 
 
In preparation for performance, the group is able to plan concert programmes where vocal performances over the last seven years have included “Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “A Stroll Through The West End” and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”. In recent years we have enjoyed successful collaboration with the students at Wilson Stuart School in Erdington in a highly enjoyable performance of “Romeo & Juliet”. Joint vocal workshop session both at CPM and Wilson Stuart School culminated in a memorable performance of this work in their studio theatre. 
 
Primary Aims for Being Heard: 
To create an understanding and appreciation of all types of music 
To build confidence and musical ability 
To experience both solo and ensemble performance 
To develop a knowledge of the Elements of Music through practical performance 
To constantly develop vocal technique, both individually and through ensemble work 
 
Being Heard weekly Schedule: 
 
Monday 10.00.am to 12.00pm - Music Appreciation and Analysis 
Monday 1.00pm to 3.00pm - Group Rehearsal 
Wednesday 10.00am to 12.00pm - Vocal Technique & Coaching 
Wednesday 1.00pm to 3.00pm - Composition & Lyric Writing 
 
For enquiries and bookings please contact info@cpmids.org.uk.