The East of England is a very mixed region. Towns within commuter distance of London and around Cambridge are well-connected and relatively affluent. Norfolk and Suffolk are very rural with a more spread-out population.
Areas around Kings Lynn, Thetford, Norwich and Peterborough are less well-off, and coastal towns in particular face many difficulties. Jaywick in Tendring has the highest level of deprivation in England. The village has significant problems with unemployment and is regularly at risk of flooding.
Essex Music Education Hub
The hub realised that opportunities for music-making in the county’s special schools were patchy at best. The resulting project is a fantastic demonstration of what musical inclusion looks like in practice.
A group of young refugees worked with music leaders from The Garage to make this awesome music video. The group came together at New Routes Integration, an organisation which supports migrant and refugee individuals and communities in Norfolk. Their track’s called Far Away and is inspired by the sense of freedom they’ve felt since settling in Norwich.