Breathe Arts Health Research
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
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
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.
Dr Andrew Perry C Psychol
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.
I use gentle drumming and harp music to energise and also calm service users in healthcare settings.
Orchestra Of The Swan
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
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 Music and Wellbeing CIC
Musica provides interactive music workshops for older adults and children in healthcare and community settings.
Live Music Now
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.
Nick Jonah Davis
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
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
Arts for Health, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
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.
Soft Touch Arts Ltd
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.
Jonathan Brewer, Music That Cares
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.
I’m a writer and communications practitioner, specialising in working with organisations with a social, public or creative purpose – particularly in music. I'm also Operations Manager for The Music Works, a Gloucestershire-based charity working with young people in challenging circumstances. I have a particular interest in music and wellbeing and created a website and campaign (healthysocialcreative) for Voluntary Arts some years ago about the health benefits of voluntary arts. My work involves anything from copywriting for advocacy, to working with young people to help them tell their stories, to developing newsletters, brochures, websites and communications and marketing strategy and campaigns.
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.
Liverpool Philharmonic: Musician in Residence Programme
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