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  • by mlkirby

    Mon 12 Feb 2018 - 1 comment

I am looking for young people age 11-23 with a diagnosis of autism

I am looking for young people aged 11-23 with a diagnosis of autism

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.

@AesopHealth  #AesopConf

Live Music Now's training pathway - SEND Inspire - is helping early career professional musicians to develop their skills to deliver concerts and lead music sessions for young people with additional needs.  Here, LMN harpist Elfair Grug Dyer blogs about her first training project.    Further info about SEND Inspire can be found here:


Kate Lowes, our Head of Programmes, blogs about the next phase of our Both Sides Now programme – a three-year initiative to support, inspire and showcase women in music across the North of England – and we want to hear from you.

Sounding Out is a three-year music programme with deaf and hearing impaired (HI) pupils, now in its final year. It involves weekly workshops in one primary and one secondary school, as well as a research element being undertaken by University College London to explore musical progression as well as impacts on the communication skills of participants. In this blog our lead practitioner, Tiziana Pozzo, reflects on the interaction of movement, theatre and music, and on why a multisensory approach seems to achieve good results with these students.

Want to be a part of BBC Music's Biggest Weekend Festival in May?

The Equal Access to Music Programme  comprises a set of Projects . The Programme has emerged from our experience of taking a Social Model Approach to make equal access to music a reality for Young People with ' autism' or 'learning disability' labels .  We'd welcome discussion about the development of ' Inclusive Music Facilitators' 

For more detail about the Projects please visit :    






Week after week we read reports about the rising number of students disclosing a mental illlness when they arrive at university (Krause, 2017), of how ‘girls and young women are experiencing a “gathering crisis” in their mental health linked to conflict with friends, fears of body image and pressures created by social media’ (Campbell, 2017). That in an average class of 30 schoolchildren, 3 will suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder; of how social media platforms, described as more addictive than cigarettes, are detrimental to young people’s mental health and well being (2016, RSPH).

After a few positive exchanges on twitter I find myself blogging here!

This January saw the third running of this project run jointly between Soft Touch and Leicester Philharmonia Orchestra. Once again it saw musicians and arts workers from Soft Touch join with orchestra players to lead young people from The Lancaster School, Winstanley Community College and The Highfields Centre in creating musical pieces that fused classical music with reggae, dub, spoken word and other urban genres.

How we made this song on the My Pockets 'Growth Spurt' project.