LIVE MUSIC NOW
"Music, amongst all the great arts, is the language which penetrates most deeply into the human spirit, reaching people through every barrier, disability, language and circumstance" (Yehudi Menuhin).
Through Live Music Now, I work with a very diverse range of people that wouldn't usually have the opportunity to experience live music. This involves music sessions and residencies in care homes, hospitals, schools, hospices and mum & baby groups across the UK. The power of music to overcome barriers and reach people is incredible, and this is some of the most rewarding, inspiring work I've ever done.
THE COMMUNITY EXPRESS
I also do ad hoc workshops with The Community Express. This includes music sessions for a range of community groups, and predominantly involves making music with people with learning difficulties at The Batch and on The Music Train. I love these sessions! And there is often cake.
I also work directly with various care homes to provide ad hoc performances and music workshops e.g. for The Alzheimers Society, St Monica Trust and Milestones Trust. If you are interested in booking me for a participatory concert in a care home, please get in touch.
I've recently started work with The Amber Trust to deliver music sessions for children and young people with visual impairments and complex needs. Amber Plus has just been launched, and aims to enable blind or partially sighted children to engage with music by providing families and professionals with resources and ideas for music-making. The service is free and there are loads of useful resources on their website :) It's all based around the Sounds of Intent framework and is being funded by Global's Make Some Noise campaign. I think it's fantastic, and I'm really excited to be a part of it all!
I've recently finished working at dBs Music in Bristol, where I was primarily helping young people with learning difficulties with music production, performance, composition, studio recording etc. Who'd have thought 'C hashtag' was a thing...