The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare (UK) represents a range of practitioners committed to supporting, developing and delivering person- centred music practice within healthcare. Our membership is diverse and includes organisations large and small as well as individuals. Find out more about out our membership below
Rhythmix is a music and social welfare charity that creates music-making opportunities for people in challenging circumstances. Our programmes include:
Music in Mind: a music programme to enhance life chances and offer tangible help to children and young people living with mental health challenges.
Wishing Well: bringing music-making into the heart of healthcare settings. We support the wellbeing of children, young people and older people living with dementia through bedside interactions.
A singing specialist, Phoene Cave was the workshop leader for the randomised controlled trial and qualitative evaluation Singing teaching as a therapy for chronic respiratory disease published in 2010 in BMC Pulmonary Medicine.
She has delivered singing for breathing programmes at Royal Brompton Hospital as part of the charitably funded “Singing for Breathing” programme. She set up a similar group at Nordoff Robbins, called “Inspire” and is “Singing for your Lungs” at the Whittington hospital in North London.
Find out more about Pheone's work at http://www.singing-for.co.uk/
Ruby Swift MA, is passionate about singing and singing for health, having taught music in many forms, led choirs and provided singing lessons and workshops to clients of a diverse age range for many years.
Ruby delivers workshops and ongoing singing groups across the community, uniting people in song. Ruby is a Natural Voice Practioner and a trained Singing for the Brain Leader with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Find out more about Ruby's work at http://rubyswift.wix.com/singingcircles
LIME Music for Health have been delivering music across Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CMFT) since 2009.
They have developed a diverse range of projects incorporating delivery, training and research. You can find more about their work on their website.
Ros Hawley specialises in the design and delivery of music programmes in healthcare and for children and young people with complex needs/disabilities. She delivers training to students at The Royal Northern College of Music in working in health and disability settings, and also delivers training to medical students in the use of communication through musical interaction. Co-founder of Rosfishmusic; co-founder of the Songbirds Music Project at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital; Music for Health Specialist, Lime Music for Health.
Research: currently studying for my PhD in my practice as a musician in hospital, SOAS, London.
Training and consultancy: clients include Live Music Now! Jessie's Fund, CBSO, MATD.
OPUS Music CIC is a leading provider of music in healthcare settings based in the East Midlands. OPUS musicians engage patients, visitors and staff in music-making, creating open spaces for cultural exchange within a clinical environment. Patients benefit from a humanised environment, a distraction and relief from illness and pain, and an enjoyable, musical interaction.
Find out more about their work on their website.
Mary Dunsford is a Harpist, based in Cumbria. In 2012 and 2013, Mary undertook specialist training through OPUS Music CIC to become a Musician in Healthcare Practitioner. Mary is proud to now be an Associate Musician with OPUS, and under their continued guidance is running the Harp in Healthcare project. This project sees Mary playing on her small lap harp on the wards of Furness General Hospital in Barrow, providing a window to the outside world and bringing a cultural exchange into an otherwise clinical space.
Find out more about Mary's work at http://www.marydunsford.am55.co.uk/
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, and founded in 2002 by community music specialist Dr. Jane Bentley, Art Beat has developed an international reputation for delivering unforgettable musical experiences with genuine meaning and depth.
Art Beat connects people through shared music making. No matter what your age, background, or skill level, there is room in the music for everyone.
Air Arts is the in-house arts charity for Derby Teaching Hospitals, and has been delivering music in hospitals since 2007 through weekly live performance in the public areas of the hospitals, drop in visits for patients at bedsides and music workshops in dayrooms. Air Arts works with a team of musicians who specialise in music in healthcare settings to deliver their programme, which is part of a wider arts in health remit for Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Find out more at www.airarts.net
We design our activities to be accessible to everyone and use a range of approaches to meet the needs of the participants; for example by sharing music orally to increase participation for people who do not read music notation, or using technology to allow people with limited mobility to make music.
Music in Hospitals is a national charity. Formed in 1948 it delivers live music across the healthcare sector throughout the UK, from special schools, through hospitals, hospices and car homes, to day care centres and specialist dementia and stroke units. We deliver around 4,300 live music sessions each year using our network of professional musicians.
Jessie's Fund works across the UK with children in hospices, special schools, hospitals and other settings, supporting communication, expression and participation through music. A particular interest is sharing skills with staff, with the goal of helping to embed music within an organisation.
To find out more, visit www.jessiesfund.org.uk.
Matthew Laurie specialises in person-centred music and arts for people living with a severe communication disability arising from autism, dementia, learning disabilities or acute mental health problems. As an independent, Matthew offers projects and training in Musical Interaction, a communication oriented approach based on Intensive interaction and works as consultant to help care settings to improve person centred practice and Intensive Interaction, mentoring and training staff and enabling services to support those at most risk of isolation. As Director of Understanding Arts CIC Matthew is co-developing the approach of Person Centred Arts and deliver work in collaboration with the NHS in acute mental health settings alongside training for artists, care staff and management.
Beat It Percussion CIC's Vision: Everyone should have the chance to beat a drum. Our mission is to provide
multi-sensory music workshops to groups of people including those who are disadvantaged or disabled. Beat It
workshops are highly effective learning environments that offer measurable benefits to participants.
Our current project Drumming Together for Dementia takes hands-on music making to people in the community who are living with dementia and those who care for them.
I am a professional cellist; I have a PhD in Applied Sociology from the University of Stirling - my thesis focused on the effects of live and recorded personalised music on care home residents with dementia who were nearing the end of life and their carers; I am a Certified Music Practitioner (recognised in the the United States); I am currently an Associate Researcher with a focus on evaluating the effects of creative arts on people living with dementia.
As professional musicians and artists, we are passionate about every human being accessing creative, imaginative and artistic education. We work with all sorts of partners to promote excellent artistic experiences across a range of artforms. We believe that music, art, creativity and culture can have an immeasurable impact on us as human beings. Its essential to our lives. For our good health, wellbeing, positive mental/emotional/spiritual health, resilience, ability to communicate and express ourselves, our educational attainment, for our society’s cohesion and safety, and for the economy.
Singer, vocal coach, choir leader and facilitator specialising in working with people with mental health issues and people with dementia. Emphasis more on performance and socialising than therapeutic aspects.
Dementia support and research charity
Established in 1987, Independent Arts is a small charity based on the Isle of Wight. Working predominantly with older people, the purpose of our work is to address the main issues faced by our ageing community: health - in particular dementia, social isolation, disability and disadvantage. We use the arts in our daily work as a tool to improve health, well-being and quality of life.
LIME Music for Health is a team of specially trained musicians who work sensitively at the bedside with children, young people, families and staff, giving everyone a chance to be part of the music. We believe that music is at the heart of life and helps us to communicate creatively through more than just words. Medical Notes: Music at the Heart of Life is an ongoing project bringing live, interactive music onto the wards at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, currently funded by Youth Music and supported by research at the University of Salford. Over the next three years this phase of the project will include; Songbirds, which is a tailor made music programme for children with the most complex healthcare needs; Fledgling Residencies, where more junior members of the team will be supported in developing their own projects on specific wards; Soundscapes, which will focus on areas of high noise and stress, exploring the role that music plays in alleviating anxiety and Wingbeats; an annual 2 day event, designed to celebrate the work of the Music for Health team, and music created by children, parents and staff during the project each year.
A vocal coach and choir leader with 20 years experience. In the last 2 years, he has facilitated workshops for COPD sufferers for Breathe Easy Westminster and Sing For Better Breathing Lambeth and SOuthwark.
Has worked extensively with Live Music Now in hospices, homes for the elderly, etc, and through them led groups singing sessions for the Harrow Community Choir and Choir with No Name (both with members sufferingfrom mental health issues) . He's currently facilitating for Breathe Arts and Health Research, providing live music in hospitals and dialysis centres.
Victoria is a musician and composer - currently based between the UK and South Africa. She is part-way through a masters in composition and health communication at the University of the Witwatersrand focused on delirium in hospital. Her previous project on delirium intensive care was shortlisted for the inaugural Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize in 2014. She released her most recent EP, Closing, with Lost Map Records in January 2016.
Victoria also worked for 15 years as an arts manager in the National Health Service, and has chaired both London Arts in Health Forum and the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing. In Johannesburg she is currently managing several arts-in-health projects including a Wellcome International Engagement Grant on diabetes and communication based at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, and live music at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. She also teaches on the Community Music and Curatorial 4th-year courses at the Wits School of Arts.
he British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) is the professional body for music therapy in the UK, providing both practitioners and non-practitioners with information, professional support, and training opportunities. It is also a charity committed to promoting and raising awareness of music therapy, and providing information to the general public.
Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered music therapists, to help people of all ages, whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs.
Common Wheel is a Glasgow based charity which supports people with mental illness by providing meaningful activities. Our music sessions encourage people to get involved in singing, playing and creating music together. We work in care homes, mental health and dementia wards and in the community. Our projects aim to improve mental wellbeing, and support people in learning new skills.
London and various locations in England
We provide music engagement and recovery services in hospitals and the community for young people and adults who are experiencing mental health problems. We aim to deliver outcomes around health and wellbeing through developing creative, technical, social and vocational skills that open pathways to mainstream opportunities in education, volunteering and work experience.
Mark Levin is a music practitioner playing a 29 string Celtic harp and delivers projects for a variety of partner organisations around London and the South East. Mark has been involved in music in health care for the past decade and loves bringing the joys of music to patients, their families and NHS staff.
You can find out more about current activities at www.harpforhospitals.com
Breathe is a not-for-profit social enterprise and community interest company. Breathe’s mission is to turn fresh ideas and creativity into practical change for the better. What makes us unique is the way we collaborate equally across the three sectors of arts, health and science, working with the very best people in each field. We are delighted to be one of the first companies with its roots in arts-in-health to be recognised by organisations such as NHS England for our work. We want to keep breaking new ground within healthcare not just for the sake of our clients, but also to bring about opportunities for other forward-thinking organisations, and change across the entire healthcare sector.
Lea is a singer, workshop leader & choir director. He is the founding MD of the Mind & Soul Choir, an open access community choir based at the Maudsley Hospital in London that focuses on mental wellbeing through group singing, but with a strong performance aspect. He leads singing & choir projects in a range of general community and specifically mental health settings, including medium and high secure psychiatric units (such as Rampton Secure Hospital).
Wellspring Music CIC was formed in May 2015 by Nottingham musicians Marc Block and James Tolhurst, having completed Opus Music CIC’s Music in Healthcare apprenticeship. Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of people in healthcare settings by providing high-quality interactive music-making. We currently work in three specialist dementia care settings and are developing projects in a range of other areas.
Open Strings Music is a Brighton-based community interest company providing participatory music services for people to connect and create through making music together. The main purpose of our activities is promoting wellbeing by sharing and enabling the transformative experience of group music-making.
We run creative projects and sessions in residential and community settings for and with people with dementia and their carers, adults with learning disabilities, over 50s, and for mental health.
We have recently been commissioned by Brighton & Hove CCG to deliver and develop Sing Healthy Play Happy, our creative music-making projects promoting dementia-friendly communities, between 2016 & 2019.
I have run two social music groups with high secure psychiatric patients for over four years. We have had great success forming co-productive relationships and having fun. I am a clinical psychologist but other facilitators have been occupational therapists, nurses, project managers, the chief executive and advocates. We are open groups and all staff or patients are welcome each week.
Mark Burns has a background in NHS health education. He eventually realised that perhaps many individuals and communities aren't that interested in health. As a result it is necessary to first engage them from their own interests. This could include topics such as romantic novels, football and crosswords – or pop music. He has lectured about his work here and abroad. He has also written for publications such as the Guardian and the journal of the Royal Society of Public Health.
Music Therapist working with a wide range of client groups, with a particular focus on trauma and affect regulation.
Orchestra of the Swan is a world-class chamber orchestra resident in the historic town of Stratford Upon Avon. With a wide concert and performance portfolio, OOTS also pride themselves on an inclusive and engaging Learning & Participation programme including interactive sessions for people living with dementia, SEND projects and compositional workshops linked to the BBC Ten Pieces initiative.
Rivka Gottlieb is a versatile harpist and music therapist who has worked in a range of different healthcare settings, schools (with children on the autistic spectrum) and in private practice. She trained at the Royal College of Music, the Juilliard School in New York and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
soundLINCS is a not-for-profit community music organisation operating across the East Midlands working in partnership with local, regional and national organisations. soundLINCS’ mission is to provide a quality service for music which enhances, enables and encourages the development of music in an enjoyable way, through activities, advocacy and access to information.
Over the years soundLINCS has built a national reputation for delivery and training work around Musical Inclusion, working with participants and staff across a wide range of strands, including early years, looked after children, youth justice services, hospitals, young parents, special education needs, older adults and rural isolation.
From the harp aims to engage groups and individuals in the community and health care settings in music making using harps and percussion as interactive therapeutic activity. Delivered by Alice a registered occupational therapist and harp therapist. Alice has six small light weight therapy harps that can be played in bed, in wheelchairs and on the floor. Alice aims to make harp playing accessible for as many people as possible who may not have access to live music.
Services include group and individual harp therapy, rhythm circles, soundscapes and sound therapy. For more information visit www.fromtheharp.co.uk
Arts & wellbeing. Community Creativity Connection. Directors Catherine Pestano & Anne Crump. Projects include, Community choirs, Carers choir, staff singing, Dementia groups - singing & music, cancer chant/musical improvisation, Parkinson's singing, mental health Creative Cafes, refugee music, Early years and teen mums, LGBT youth and more. Big passion for our hometown of Croydon South London.
A duo of experienced musicians and music educators who take interactive live music into hospitals across Yorkshire. Sessions are responsive and flexible, tailoring musical interactions to each situation, working with individual patients at bedsides and groups in communal areas. We are currently working at Leeds Children's Hospital and Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield. Follow our exploits at https://www.facebook.com/brightsidemusicinhealth
I work as a music practitioner delivering projects across several groups and with individuals with pathologies including dementia, autism and learning difficulties in West & East Sussex. I am an Arts Award Advisor, qualified tutor, musician, songwriter and composer. I am particularly interested in connecting the worlds of music and health to influence policy and advance the practise of music interventions across all areas of social care.
A musician and composer based in the New Forest, part-way through studying for an MSc in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford. I have been writing music and songs for many years for the Harper Collins series LETTERLAND, Monkey Music Ltd and have several publications with Warwick Music Ltd. My library music has been used by BBC5, ITV3, and Channel 5. I work exclusively with people living with dementia in a residential care setting and enable engagement and interaction through a variety of musical activities for large and small groups and individuals. I use music and music with movement and poetry and activities include reflection, imitation, self expression, rhythm, harmonies, vocally and instrumentally. I aim to promote a sense of inclusion, participation, enjoyment and well-being and hope to stimulate a creative response.
Musica provides interactive music workshops for older adults and children in healthcare and community settings.
Live Music Now is a UK-wide initiative, created by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in 1977. Every year, our musicians deliver thousands of interactive music programmes in care homes and hospitals, and a range of community and healthcare settings. We also work in special schools, where music can make a huge difference to the lives of children and their families. Our specialist support and training provides young musicians with skills and employment at the start of their professional careers, across all genres of music.
I am currently working to develop my Music in Healthcare practice in Derbyshire.
Musical Beings is a Cambridge-based organisation that aims at making music accessible to everyone who is interested in non formal music education and in music and wellness, regardless of their age and music level. The Music and Wellness Sessions aim at contributing to the internal resources that every individual has to improve the personal wellness and the ability to manage an illness. The sessions also intend to increase the feeling of well-being and to reduce distress or anxiety among patients (their families, friends and also staff), aspiring to improve quality of life in a clinical or medical constraint context. We use research- and evidence-based music interventions, mainly informed by music psychology literature, which involves the broader term “musical interaction” that is not necessarily music therapy. In the Non-Formal Music Education Sessions we offer a multi-sensory musical experience where each individual will be exposed to different music and sounds, both through listening, moving, imagining and creating music.
Arts Health Associates is an arts health consultancy, providing international, specialist arts health knowledge and experience of both art commissioning and participatory creative programs. Services include: Stakeholder consultation & engagement Strategic development and planning Project development, management and delivery Artwork commissioning from conception to installatio Marketing, communications and profiling for projects and programs valuation entoring and coaching Delivering results to the highest international standards
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool is one of the busiest children's hospital in Europe, treating over 270,000 patients a year. The Trust runs a varied and dynamic arts for health programme which has been at the forefront of pioneering innovative approaches to using the arts in paediatric healthcare Our arts programmes are inspired by our patients and led by them. We use the broadest range of participatory arts possible to engage our patients and support their wellbeing and recovery, from dance to digital art, poetry to performance and from music to storytelling. We work in partnership with a wide range of arts organisations who are all committed to providing the best of arts practice for children and young people whilst in hospital. We have a rich and diverse music in health programme and collaborate with many established music providers, such as Live Music Now, Cascade and Music in Hospitals.
We use arts, media and music activities to make positive life changes for disadvantaged young people by supporting them to develop creative, social and employability skills. For young people who lack opportunities or have challenges in their lives it can be hard to look forward to a positive future. Our projects help them get back on track when have gone wrong, build the confidence and resilience to change negative or risky behaviours, and progress to lead more fulfilling lives. Different agencies refer young people to our projects and our work responds to and tackles local and national issues such as anti-social behaviour and unhealthy lifestyles. We believe creativity gives young people more positive choices in their lives. We know it works because we have seen it happen.
Musician and technologist. As a volunteer at JOS my role ranges from co-facilitating the improvisation sessions to creating new instruments. For this I design and implement bespoke accessible musical instruments and extensions to existing instruments. This enables full access and participation to music making activities for people of all abilities.
I am a Certified Clinical Musician (Clinical Musician Certification Program/USA), providing therapeutic harp music at the bedside in hospice and hospital. I hold a MA in Piano Performance and I have been teaching piano for twenty years to amateurs of all ages. My experience as a teacher supports me in building a creative and open musical relationship when I meet patients. My work as a therapeutic harpist is funded by non profit organizations, since complementary and alternative clinical interventions are not financed by NHS in Italy. I founded a non profit organization devoted to therapeutic harp music services and reseach, Infinitamusica Onlus. My focus is on Palliative Care and I am currently collecting data - a survey on the impact of live therapeutic harp music on pain and anxiety perception/self evaluation in patients and family members in hospice - for future research.
Quench Arts believes that everyone should have access to high quality participatory arts opportunities. Our activities use the arts as a tool to achieve social change by: A) Developing music and arts projects to make a positive difference to people’s lives: Engaging disadvantaged individuals and communities in positive activity to improve wellbeing, community cohesion and/or build transferable skills. B) Providing a support service to other organisations/ individuals wishing to develop their community arts practice Much of our work is delivered within the health/wellbeing sector: connecting participants with others with shared interests and experiences; developing soft and transferable skills; building resilience.
I am currently an undergraduate music performance student at Bowling Green State University. I have suffered performance and practice injuries for about five consecutive years now, and I have tried many things to cure them. I have officially been diagnosed with tendinitis from overexerting my muscles when I play and have been receiving various different kinds of treatment for it, but nothing has officially cured it so I am still looking for options. I am applying for a research grant through my university to study healthcare for musicians who suffer from practice and performance injury, and I am interested in learning more about the field and specifically prevention methods for injuries common in musicians.
I am currently undertaking training with Wishing Well Music in a dementia care ward, after having previously led music workshops in SEND and LAC settings. I am keen to develop my skills and understanding within the field, and particularly interested in the use of improvisation, sound exploration and its benefits.
I am a community musician and I run Music That Cares which is the umbrella of my community music activities such as Singspiration Activities in care settings, and StreetBeats drumming in adult learning disability day centres across health & care settings in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
I am a therapeutic musician playing music at the bedside for a wide range of patient conditions. I trained in the US through the Music for Healing and Transitions Program.(www.mhtp.org) I have played the lyre, and sung in therapeutic settings for over 30 years and have recently added Native American Flute to my instruments. I now live and work in Durham UK and have just become self employed doing this work that I love. I chose the name Stellar Music for my work because I believe that music can connect us to our Guiding Star and it is this connection that brings us a sense of wholeness and purpose throughout life.
The Music Work is a Gloucestershire charity whose mission is to transform lives through music. We’re specialists in working with young people in challenging circumstances to help them reach their full potential in music, in learning, and in life. Many young people miss out on making music – particularly those who could benefit the most. We want to put that right. We work with young people to engage them through music, build confidence, self-belief and motivation, and so empower them to improve their life chances. We also work with some of the county's most talented artists, supporting them to achieve their potential in the music industry.
Liverpool Philharmonic’s mission is to enhance and transform lives through music. We are deeply committed to playing our part in the educational, health and economic regeneration of Liverpool through long term, strategic and targeted music programmes that genuinely achieve positive results within and beyond music for our participants and audiences. In Harmony Liverpool uses music to improve the health, education and aspirations of children, young people and families in Everton. We have a long-term partnership with Mersey Care NHS Trust through our Musician in Residence programme. Our musicians provide over 2,000 sessions each year and the programme has benefited over 10,000 service users since it began. Our Tuning in to Children programme uses child-led creative music making that develops musical skills, emotional wellbeing, confidence, communication and language skills increasing children’s readiness for school. Leap into Live Music! is designed to give people who have never attended a concert or event at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and who might not normally be able to, the chance without worrying about the cost.
We provide Music education as part of our curriculum offer to long-stay patients who are enrolled at the hospital school. Our aim is to provide continuity of education for children and young people during hospital admissions, as well a sense of normality and also opportunities to achieve; the arts form an important part of this. Music lessons are offered 1:1 at the bedside for those who cannot leave their ward and in small groups for those who can attend our hospital school rooms. We also run whole-school cross-curricular Music projects and Music workshops as part of our school holiday programme. We teach students of all ages and abilities from pre-school to post-16. We have two part-time Music teachers and are extremely fortunate to be supported in our work by a range of other professionals and organisations including Singing Hands, Music in Hospitals, CLS and GOSH Arts.
I am a singer, guitarist, pianist and I sometimes play around with ukulele. I've been a professional musician for the last 18 years. I live in Dewsbury West Yorkshire but travel worldwide for work. I am eager to use my skills, knowledge and experience to work with the elderly and disabled. I am particularly interested in working with sufferers of dementia and their families. I am currently looking for volunteer opportunities in my area of Yorkshire.
I am a Musician in Hospital working for Wishing Well Music for nearly 4 years. I work with children in the Royal Alex in Brighton and train third year medical students in their Self Selecting Module 'The role of the Musician in Hospital'. I also work in dementia settings including delivering training and mentoring new musicians joining our team.
Musician and postgraduate researcher working in care homes and hospitals across London.
Gamelan musician, singer and gong-player Cathy Eastburn runs therapeutic gong and gamelan "sound baths". Cathy founded the gamelan-in-prisons charity, Good Vibrations (another NAMIH member) in 2003. Good Vibrations' work with prisoner groups, including academic studies by criminologists and psychologists, has demonstrated the powerful therapeutic potential of gongs and other metal percussion. Since moving on from Good Vibrations in 2014, Cathy has been focusing specifically on developing this therapeutic potential, devising methods to induce deep relaxation and altered states of consciousness, thereby facilitating their well-being, healing and coping with mental or physical pain. Cathy works with groups and one-to-one, in mental health and community settings.
CLIC Sargent’s Young People’s Music Programme offers young people with cancer the chance to get involved in range of musical activities
Elle is a professional musician working in healthcare settings and as a specialist teacher of music for those with special educational needs. Elle is based in the East Midlands and is proud to be an Opus Music in Healthcare Apprentice this year. Elle has a particular interest in music for those living with dementia and hopes her practice will inform a research project in this area in the near future.
The Ashdown Duo provides relaxed, fun-filled and interactive music experiences for the elderly and people in care in London and the Home Counties. Professional musicians Lindsey Fillingham (flute, piano, voice) and Gennie Joy (clarinet, bass clarinet, voice) are passionate about bringing live music into hospitals and care homes. Both conservatoire graduates, they are regular performers at Fonthill House St Albans and make up half of wind quartet soundSPARK. They have also recently successfully auditioned to become artists with Music in Hospitals & Care.
The Therapy Harp Training Program has certified almost 200 Harpists to work as Healthcare Musicians in Hospice, Hospital and private clinics and practice. An online two Semester course which emphasises Intent,Improvisational playing and tailored sessions for clients which has students in 10 countries seeks to expand its links to other organisations in order to better prepare and support its students and Graduates.
Harnessing the healing power of music to bring relief to refugees and victims of war. Primarily working with Iraqi and Syrian refugees, the charity believes that music can make an impact at a grassroots level, bringing together communities and creating safe spaces for dialogue and healing.
rrb&hArts brings the benefits of the arts to aid the recovery and improve the health of in and outpatients at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.
Current participatory music projects include:
SINGING FOR BREATHING - 3 weekly vocal coaching workshops to support outpatients living with Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease
SINGING FOR CF a new online vocal coaching project for young adults (aged 19-25) living with Cystic Fibrosis
VOCAL BEATS – person-centred creative music making for inpatients aged 0 to 16 years
LIVE MUSIC RESIDENCY - live music for adults
Music for adults and children is delivered to patients who are in hospital for long periods of time or who are living with long term conditions.
Every Wednesday afternoon musicians are invited to a patient’s bedside with a focus on people who are in hospital over 28 days. Patients can request their favourite songs, and our musicians range from opera singers to country & western. Soul, pop, gospel music and Bollywood repertoires are also popular and many of our musicians are also multilingual: we can offer Swedish to Flemish, Welsh to Urdu. Music also forms an important part of our Dancing with Parkinson's Programme and our Saturday Socials neuro-rehabilitation programmes.
City of London Sinfonia (CLS) is the orchestral home to over 40 outstanding professional musicians, who come together in the shared belief that music has the power to transform people across all areas of society. Work in the field of health and wellbeing is central to our Participation programme: for over twenty years, CLS musicians have worked in care homes, hospitals and hospices amongst other places, honing the necessary skills to allow music to increase quality of life for participants and provide an outlet for those who need it most. Our newest partnerships include Headway East and Bethlem & Maudsley Hospital School.
Mind on Music is a small charity based in the North West working to use music to promote health and well being. Projects we run include music for mental health, music and memories for those living with dementia and sound therapy sessions.
I am presently studying the Therapy Harp Training Program with Marion Tittmus. I also volunteer at Life City Church and Brightwater Hundtingdale, providing harp music on my Music Makers Harp and The Reverie Harp, made by Peter Roberts. Thanatologist based in Ballarat.