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Adrian's music room at Three Ways is a world away from the concert stage and recording studio, but he says he has no regrets about his transition from international performer to music therapist.

“This has been the most important step in my career as a musician”, he says. “Many of us describe music as the language of the heart”, he says. “In the world of special needs, where many of our children are either unable to communicate through the spoken word, or choose not to do so, the idea of music as a language takes on a deeper meaning.”

The son of a bishop and the godson of an Archbishop of Canterbury, Adrian is challenged in another way, “I find myself asking why are people with special needs so under represented in our churches and Christian communities? We have failed to offer a theology of inclusion, both practically and spiritually. One of the great privileges I have as a music therapist is that I am focusing on what our children and young people CAN do, beyond their limitations.”

This special edition of Sunday Worship 'dropped in' on sessions where music therapy techniques, were used. Interspersed between these moments, the programme features songs from Adrian’s new album ‘Fierce Love’, which was inspired by the children he works with, and features the extraordinary range of instruments he uses as a therapist. In devising the service, which also includes a reflection by the Rev’d. Martin Lloyd Williams who until recently had a son at the school, as well as prayers and readings, speaking before the programme Adrian said “it will reflect on the role of music and music therapy in enabling our children and young people to express themselves, to communicate, to build their self-esteem and understand their equal value and importance beyond their ‘special needs’.”

Audience feedback about this broadcast

“One of the most inspiring pieces of radio I have ever heard…. wonderful insight in to the importance and value of music in the development of young people.…such a fantastic piece of broadcasting.”

“… inspirational. In particular, the interview between Lewis and Jess, who have autism, and Adrian Snell, the music therapist. They talk about autism and then sing a most amazing and moving song. The most real thing i have heard on radio for a while.”

“As the mother of a handicapped child, this programme would have been so much help to me many years ago when she was born and 17 years later when she passed. I do hope that other parents gained the same support and peace from the broadcast…”

“I work in a local college with students with profound needs. It’s all anyone was talking about this week…”

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