Back in 2012, veteran CPM service user and rock music fan, Gary Ironmonger, began participating in electric guitar jam sessions with then volunteer tutor, Matthew Hale.
The development of the project since then has been something of a phenomenon. With the addition of more donated instruments and a steady increase in attendance from a diverse group of other CPM service users, these sessions (collectively known as The CPM Connection) have provided an awesome platform for expression and interaction.
Matthew (also known by his stage name Miles Perhower) is a prominent figure within the alternative rock and arts community in Birmingham, and is now an enthusiastic member of the Cerebral Palsy Midlands team. Through this inspirational and often highly creative work, he and his technical assistant, Ben Linstead, are constantly looking for new ways to adapt these music sessions to meet the various and sometimes complex needs of service users.
Primary Aims for CPM Connection are to:
enrich the lives of individuals through sound expression, communication and team work
build confidence and motivation
educate on live performance, instrument maintenance and studio recording
experience performing relevant live shows in the public sphere
UP and coming LIVE Band performance Monday 17th June between 6 & 8pm. All welcome At Inclusive & Accesible Cerebral Palsy Midlands, 17 Victoria Road, Harborne Birmingham B17 0AQ.
CPM Rehearsal Schedule:
Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm (small group sessions, recordings, discussion)
Thursdays, 10am-12pm (Full band improvised rehearsal)
Fridays, 1pm-3pm (small group sessions, recordings, discussion)
For enquiries and bookings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Follow The CPM Connection on twitter