The Prior’s Court Band hit the road to take part in a music festival at a neighbouring school.

The Band, made up of young people and staff members at Prior’s Court, was at Loddon School’s Wildmoor Festival on Friday, 24 June.

Six of our young people made the trip and performed five songs in front of Loddon School’s pupils and staff, and other guests. The setlist included our own “anthem for autism” Let Me Shine.

A story of the day can be seen below:

This was the Prior’s Court Band’s second performance of the summer, after our own Let Me Shine Festival at the start of May.

The Band rehearses every Sunday on-site at Prior’s Court.

Tomson Chauke, Autism Practitioner at Prior’s Court and musician who leads the Band, said: “I am so incredibly proud of our young people for taking part in this event. It is one thing to rehearse and perform at the place you call home, but to travel away to somewhere new and to perform was fantastic.”

The Band’s rehearsals currently take place in the Princess Theatre on-site, which is currently the subject of a fundraising appeal to transform the building into the Let Me Shine Performing Arts Centre. The design of the Princess Theatre space limits the number of young people we are able to involve in performing arts, the size of audiences and the scope and nature of the projects we can deliver.

We are seeking funding for an innovative and ground-breaking performing arts centre – a bespoke on-site facility to help transform the lives of young people with complex autism, both at Prior's Court and in the wider community.

Find out how you can support the appeal.