Supporting quieter members of a group – my techniques for ensuring everyone is involved from a shadow artist point of view.

My Pockets worked with Two Way Street in Hull to write a song - It’s Hard To Think Of The Future.

Identifying young talented music leaders who can positively impact the lives of the generation of young people is something that has been a key feature of Romsey Mill's work in Cambridge. 

Here is an example of how that objective has been met in the lives of two young people whose passion for music has led them to give something back to help other young lives.

An evening of workshops for musicians and music teachers alike: sharing best practice and building confidence in teaching methods
with talks from Stacey Riley, David Oliver & Stewart Hardy.


In the second of this three part series, some of the young people we work with at More Music share their experiences of how coming to projects and playing music has a positive impact on mental health and well being.


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

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.

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!

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

On a wet Tuesday morning, Scottish pop artist, singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Brimner from Be Charlotte, along with her guitarist Stuart and manager Louie descended upon Lancaster & Morecambe College to begin a short college tour of the North West.