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Taurean, who finds it hard to communicate due to autism, has found his voice after joining a band.
Taurean performs at the monthly Rock House concerts in Brighton organised by Carousel – an organisation that supports artists with learning disabilities to develop and achieve their artistic ambitions.
The singer who normally speaks little, and has a limited vocabulary, has played to integrated audiences at the Blue Camel Club, The Green Door Store and is currently putting an album together with the band at Brighton Electric Studios.
Taurean, aged 29, lives at Arden House, a supported living service that overlooks the city’s Preston Park, which is home to eight people with learning disabilities and complex needs.
Arden House manager Chris Woolgar said: “Having the courage to get up on a stage and sing your heart out in front of a crowd of people is tough for anybody.
“But, for Taurean who doesn’t talk very much and typically only uses key words to communicate, it’s amazing to hear him singing so fluently at the Rock House gigs.
“We are incredibly proud of him. He really does seem to have found his niche in singing. He’s always singing or humming along to tunes around the house and wearing his shades.”
Taurean, whose favourite singer is Mariah Carey, is supported to attend Carousel in Queen’s Road, by Arden House staff who say it is the highlight of his week.
“Being able to meet regularly with friends and make music is very important to Taurean. It has helped build his confidence and his ability to focus,” added Chris.
“We feel so blessed that Brighton can offer him such an amazing space that helps break down barriers for musicians with and without learning disabilities to play together.”