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As part of our Youth Music funded projects at Evelina London (Lambeth) and Broomfield Hospital (Chelmsford) we are offering opportunities for musicians in London and Essex to shadow our work on hospital children's wards in 2018. We hope to attract musicians who are interested in Music In Healthcare practice, are motivated to develop their skills and kickstart their own work in this area.

Following a half day shadowing we will talk over lunch about your interests and aims, discussing potential progression routes, offer help with signposting, all with a view to setting short and long term goals around your professional development. 

Please visit our website to fill out a short application:

The deadline for applications is the 8th December 2017.  We have 4 places available. The shadowing dates will be agreed mutually and take place in the spring/summer terms.

Will Davey, a new Inclusive Music Practitioner on the Ark T Centre's 'My Normal Music Project', which is in it's first year of running, reflects on his learning, development and practice through this new project funded by Youth Music.

Our Programme
Funded by Youth Music, Sonic Explorers was a SoCo Music Project programme for young people in special education and/or in challenging circumstances. This has seen us deliver weekly music-making sessions at Toynbee School HiVis Club (an after school music club for students with visual impairments), Cedar School (a school for young people with complex physical, health and learning difficulties) and Polygon School (a school for boys with complex emotional and behavioural needs. We have also delivered a family day in partnership with the Narcolepsy Unit at Southampton Children’s Hospital, which consisted of a variety of music-making activities for young people with Narcolepsy (a sleep disorder that affects approximately .05% of the population) whilst providing a valuable opportunity for parents to talk to each other, creating a support network.

Our Outcomes
Increase the musical composition and performance skills of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Increased skills and awareness of music leaders, teachers and support staff to reduce or remove barriers to music-making for SEN/D Young People

Improved sense of well-being of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

On Monday 27th March 2017 the Musical Director, Amba Tremain, ran a Music Leader workshop for staff and volunteers from The Urban Vocal Group. The workshop covered many important topics involved with running a music session with young people; the room was full with potential tutors, volunteers and current UVG staff members. 

Jack Kingslake, music leader and trainer with AudioActive, discusses the highs and lows of delivering training to young aspiring music leaders in Brighton.

Jack Kingslake, music leader and trainer with AudioActive, discusses the highs and lows of delivering training to young aspiring music leaders in Brighton.

The Urban Vocal Group and Music Fusion joined forces at The Spring Arts Centre on Tuesday 20th September to present DEBUT; an evening of original music written by young people aged 11 – 18. 

At Creative Futures, as part of our Early Years project ‘Music for Change’ in north Westminster, we’ve been lucky to work with NHS Speech & Language Therapists (SLT) from Central London Community Healthcare. The collaboration is taking place in nurseries, as part of the SLTs’ role to support Early Years Professionals in the identification and nurturing of children with emerging or low-lying speech & language delay.

Wouldn’t it be nice to start a young carers choir, I thought to myself, two years ago. The idea came to me after I started teaching myself guitar at the age of 25 and found, to my surprise, that I could sing. But I had no musical qualifications or experience. I didn’t come from a musical family or a musical background and had never had lessons before. All I knew was that music had changed something inside of me, it had healed me and I thought that maybe it would have the same effect on the young carers I worked with. This is the story of the Hampshire Young Carers Choir...

In December 2015, the Hampshire Young Carers Choir, funded by Youth Music, worked with Musicians at Newtwon Studio to perfrom at Southampton Football stadium for the STAR awards.

Some thoughts on a five day training course enabling me to play music in hospitals. 

  • by Jonsept

    Fri 15 Jan 2016 - 7 comments

If a young musician finds themselves isolated during their formative years, will this stunt their artistic development? Or does this actually make them more self-sufficient, unique and refreshing than if they'd grown up within a vibrant ‘music scene’?