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 have worked with a 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, special 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. I have recently started mentoring new musicians too, which has been a total joy!
THE COMMUNITY EXPRESS
I also facilitate regular performances and workshops for The Community Express. This predominantly involves making music with people with learning difficulties at The Batch and on The Music Train. I love these sessions! We are currently meeting on Zoom every Wednesday at 2pm.
I also work directly with various care homes, Trusts and schools 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.
FAMILY MUSIC SESSIONS
I work with The Amber Trust and Soundabout to facilitate music sessions for young people with SEND and their families. These services have recently been launched, and aim to support young people to engage with music and sound by providing families with resources and ideas for music-making. The services are free, and based on the Sounds of Intent framework, and there are loads of useful resources here :) I think both are amazing charities and I'm privileged to work with such amazing young people.
I have recently joined the lovely Soundabout team as a Music Practitioner. This charity is amazing, and currently have a busy online schedule to engage with people during the pandemic. They run group music sessions, choirs, family sessions, school sessions, and lots of training for working with people with complex needs.
I've recently started working with Electric Umbrella, who have loads of free online content for people with learning disabilities. There are regular 'Cybersessions' (I'm covering one on Thursdays), as well as singalongs, songwriting sessions, choirs, open mic nights, club nights and EUTV.