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Beat Routes Apprentice, Sal (18), is a spoken word/poet and creative writer. Here she describes her experiences with Beat Routes and what she thinks the impact of our projects has on the young people. 

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.

An overview of qualitative and quantitative outcomes for our Fund A project 2015-2017


Cristian’s Story

Cristian Gabor is a 15 year old young person living in the Great Horton area of Bradford.  He is of Slovak/Roma descent, like many of the young people attending this youth club.  

Cristian is a talented pianist and inspires his friends to get involved in music. He’s a born Music Leader! Check his story!

Blog of an emerging music leader

On Thursday 19th October, we ran our first major Musical Inclusion SEN/D Conference scheduled as part of our current Youth Music Fund B project, “Music Forge”. The conference was designed to showcase the full range of our musical inclusion activities along with SEN/D projects being delivered by some of our Hub Delivery Partners. The target audience consisted of school teachers and music/arts specialists working within special schools and DSP units across Northamptonshire and Rutland (NB: NMPAT is the lead organisation for both the Northamptonshire and Rutland Music Education Hubs). 

How to plan for the future when everything keeps changing?

Readipop has just finished a 2 year Urban Orchestra programme. Throughout this programme we've had to think hard about how to engage with young people and to make sure we work with those who need the greatest support.

The outcomes that Rhythmix work towards and capture have emerged in the course of work in children and young people’s healthcare settings. Our intention to reduce anxiety and isolation and increase self expression is widely supported by the healthcare staff who have helped to shape and guide our work right from the beginning. They recognise both the need to address these issues as part of the care they offer and the effectiveness of live music making in meeting them. In this two part series we explore internal and external factors affecting our work in children's wards and units and mental health units.

Some of our young people/mentors live on Hillz FM in Coventry talking about how being involved in Youth Music projects has helped them develop, overcome challenging circumstances and formed their chosen careers.


Leadership tips for the aspiring music leader

Over the first half term of the year we have been preparing for our Halloween show, the Halloween Happening. After sessions of idea formulating and rehearsals we approached the Halloween holidays and embarked on a few long days of rehearsals on site. The rehearsals went fantastically well and so we were all excited for the actual performance, which was a fantastic success.

On 26 October 2017, 90 CEOs, artistic directors, arts professionals and artists from around the country came together in Norwich for Breaking Down The Barriers – The Arts, Disability and Change

As part of this conference we wanted to galvanise and inspire positive action. So after each panel conversation we asked delegates to share a priority action or change that they had been inspired to make, as a result of what they've heard, said, or thought about during the discussion.