21/10/13

Twelve bands were playing at the music festival for people with a disability

Künzelsau. The motto of the music festival for people with a disability, organized by the Würth Foundation, was "Live with your heart". Several hundred visitors followed the invitation of last Saturday, 19 October, and had an entertaining afternoon at the Würth Museum.

A total of twelve musical bands took turns to play on two stages and they all impressed by showing that their handicap did not prevent them from enjoying making music. Take the school band AWAKE of the Sonnenhof Association in Schwäbisch Hall; they would not play by notes but by a system of colored dots the school itself developed. The rhythm group die handicaps of Lebenshilfe Buchen did not only make pipes and accordions sound but also used cajones during their performance, some of which were made by the members of the band themselves.

The repertoire of the twelve bands comprised a broad range from rock, pop and vintage music, brass-and-drums Guggenmusik to traditional dance rhythms from Western Africa.

"Making music together fosters human interactions and also serves as a good therapy method for people with a disability", said Carmen Würth, who had the idea to hold this event and who has been an advocate for people with a disability for many years. Among the performing groups was also the Anne-Shopie choir of Hotel-Restaurant Anne-Sophie, founded by Carmen Würth.

The high number of participating groups shows the great diversity of institutions and organizations offering people with a disability in the Hohenlohe region and its surroundings the opportunity to make music. The remaining bands were Wild Chicken (Westhausen), Die Sternschnuppen (Löwenstein), Kaywald Kids (Lauffen am Neckar), Die ELEFANTIS (Winnenden), ALARMSTUFE 8 (Lauda-Königshofen), Brückenhausen-Band (Kirchberg/Jagst), The Braillers (Würzburg), the band of the Caritas workshop Alois Eckert (Lauda-Gerlachsheim) and the drummer group of Hermann-Herzog-Schule Heilbronn.

Apart from the musical contributions, the guests had the chance to listen to two expert lectures. Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Renée Lampe, holding the Markus Würth Endowed Professorship at university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, explained "How playing the piano has an impact on the brain and hand functions of children with a disability". Markus Rummel, musical therapist at the Würzburg institute for the blind for almost 30 years and blind himself, spoke about the "Practical approach to music therapy: making music – listening to music – feeling the music".

About the Würth Foundation

The Würth Foundation, established in 1987 by Reinhold and Carmen Würth, promotes science and research, art and culture as well as training and education. In addition to its own activities, the Würth Foundation also helps fund projects of other institutions focusing on the Hohenlohe Region. Currently, the trust capital amounts to EUR 7 million.

Twelve bands were playing at the music festival for people with a disability Twelve bands were playing at the music festival for people with a disability

The band Die ELEFANTIS of the Association of Friends of People with Disabilities Winnenden play brass-and-drums Guggenmusik at the music festival.

Photo: Würth