Young Musician and Family to Walk 70 Miles for raise £ for Sound Lab

Sound Lab participant, a 17-year-old autistic musician from Somerset, James Harris, is undertaking a challenging 70-mile walk alongside his father, John Harris, and his sister Rosa. Their goal? To raise vital funds for Sound Lab, a music-making project for neurodivergent young people in Radstock.

James, who is described as “brilliant and very, very musical,” has found a creative outlet and a sense of belonging at Sound Lab. “It’s where he’s perfected songs like ‘Shot By Both Sides’ by Magazine and ‘Children of the Revolution’ by T-Rex,” says James’ father, “but more importantly, it’s where he’s found new connections and friends.”

Led by professional musicians and supported by an inclusion worker, Sound Lab is Evolve Music’s  unique and vital project for young people like James. Sound Lab sessions foster musicality, teamwork, and social skills, while also celebrating the often-underexplored connection between autism and music.

“There is no other community music provision for neurodivergent young people in our area,” explains James’ father. “It would be a tragedy to lose this program, and we hope to raise enough not only to keep it going but also to expand it to other towns in the South West.”

To support their mission and ensure the continuation of this  project, please visit their fundraising page