We organise in the region of 4,500 professionally performed interactive live music concerts a year for people of any age receiving care or treatment for an illness or disability. Our musicians visit hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres and special schools and all concerts are tailored to meet the needs of the particular audience-group and setting.
We work in partnership with a variety of organisations, NHS Trusts and grant givers to deliver a range of one-off sessions as well as on-going programmes and residencies. Recent partners include: The Alzheimer’s Society, Jersey Arts Centre, The Healing Music Trust (Guernsey), The Royal British Legion, BUPA, Music for Health, Music for Dementia, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Welsh College of Music.<=
Some examples of one-off sessions currently offered are:
themed reminiscence afternoons in care homes
singalong sessions at day centres for adults with disabilities
family fun performances at children’s hospices
classical concerts in oncology units for those undergoing treatment for cancer
plus many more..
We work with professional standard musicians who are carefully chosen by audition and require special qualities. As well as a very high level of musicianship they have exceptional communication skills enabling them relate to and interact with each member of their audience, whatever their age, illness or disability. Whatever musical culture or background our musicians come from, they are all highly respected and distinguished in their field.
In 2013 we celebrated our 65th anniversary. We’ve come a long way since our beginnings in 1948. Read more about our history below.