Billericay performing arts group are absolutely fabulous in Dagenham

Members of Billericay’s High Voltage Performing Arts were recently invited to visit AbPhab, an inclusive Dagenham-based youth group that offers support for both disabled and non-disabled young people of all abilities aged 11-25.

The group spent a very enjoyable evening teaching the youngsters three popular tunes, to which they were encouraged to sing, clap and play along on percussion instruments, whilst others danced enthusiastically to the rhythms they created.

High Voltage Performing Arts, which now boasts 31 playing members, has been performing together for over eight years and is keen to involve local communities and share their love of music.

The group has developed to include a Big Band, a Megablast group, a Heralds Fanfare Team, and their new Oompah style Stein Meister band, playing a wide variety of music including modern popular, swing and classic.

High Voltage’s Development Manager, Keith Smith, who volunteers regularly with AbPhab, said: “High Voltage Performing Arts is committed to working in the community to offer access to music.

“At AbPhab, our group had the chance to work with over 20 young disabled people and show that where language and understanding sometimes causes barriers, through music we can overcome them, have fun and enjoy the magic of creating music together in an inclusive way for all abilities.”


Mick Ferris

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