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We are delighted to announce that we have been selected to present at Aesop's 2nd national Arts in Health Conference & Showcase which will be held in April at Milton Court, in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the College of Medicine.

We will be presenting about our programme of work at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; 'Medical Notes: Music at the Heart of Life' along with 23 other arts programmes with ‘current health priorities’ at the heart of what they do.

‘Confirmed speakers include: Dame Darcey Bussell DBE President of the Royal Academy of Dance & Founder of Diverse Dance Mix, Professor Gillian Leng CBE NICE Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health & Social Care, Professor Tim Kendall NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dr Martin Vernon NHS England National Clinical Director for Older People and Noel Gordon, Chair at NHS Digital, NHS England Non-Executive Director & Board member’.

It will be such a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our impactful and pioneering work in the field of Music for Health.

You can read more in the Press article below and there is also a link on there to book tickets to attend the conference.

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Event type: 
Networking, Conference

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We are very excited to announce that Wingbeats will be returning on Friday 17th November! This is the second conference in a series, celebrating the work we do and also exploring the music for health sector through a variety of presentations, panel discussions and performances.


It will be held at Whitworth Art Gallery, which is one of our valued partner organisations. We are especially thrilled that Matt Griffiths, CEO of National Foundation for Youth Music and our main funder will be kicking off the day with a keynote speech! This FREE conference promises to be an amazing, inspiring and informative event so please don't miss out.


We will posting a link to an eventbrite page over the next couple of weeks so that you can secure your place. In the meantime if you have any questions or would like to be on our mailing list, please email Kate Catling, Project Manager at

We are so grateful to Pierre Flasse and Ollie Thompson, who very recently completed the Manchester Marathon and successfully raised £698.82 for our Songbirds programme! All funds will be used to buy instruments to use to make music with our very special Songbirds patients. Here, our fabulous runners have written a short blog about their experience:

Ruth Spargo and Cecily Smith, our Fledgling musicians have completed two residencies on Ward 81, the Burns Unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The first was in September last year and the second in January to February this year. They have written about the inspiration for the project, the magical world of music they created and some of the challenges they faced working in such an isolated department. The featured image shows an example of the art work in the Burns Unit created by Lime Art (photos copyright Lime Art):

LIME Music for Health and Ward 83 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital have been featured in a special, dedicated, CBeebies Radio programme, all about life in hospital and music-making with patients, families and staff. The show features Ros Hawley, Holly Marland and Mark Fisher, Specialist Musicians from the LIME Music for Health team who deliver a programme of music at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital; staff from Ward 83, including John Smith - Play Specialist, Dr Stuart Wilkinson - Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Dr Grace Vassallo, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as well as some of the patients on the ward. The programme was narrated by Angharad Rhodes, a.k.a Melody from CBeebies. The following link will take you to the programme on the CBeebies website to have a listen -



We are so proud that Songbirds, one of our projects working with children at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital with long-term ventilation needs and ABI (acquired brain injury) is the featured case study for this month. Here is the link:

In November 2016 LIME Music for Health delivered a Conference called 'Wingbeats' designed to celebrate the work of LIME Music for Health, share an exchange of knowledge and explore current best practice in the field of Music for Health.

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. Run by LIME Music for Health, a team of specially trained musicians 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.

Over the next three years this project will include the following strands; 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; Soundspaces, which will focus on areas of high noise and stress, exploring the role that music plays in alleviating anxiety and Wingbeats; an annual conference, designed to celebrate the work of the Music for Health team, share an exchange of knowledge and explore current best practice in Music for Health. If you would like to know more about us please contact Kate Catling, Project Manager at

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