What is an LMN musician?

When LMN was founded by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in the late 1970’s, the trajectory of a successful professional musician was very different to the portfolio careers that are so commonplace in the industry these days. Outreach work was in its infancy, and most LMN musicians had little knowledge of the audiences they were…

In conversation with Julian Lloyd Webber and Miloš

On Wednesday 8 April, I visited St Margaret’s Activity Centre run by Open Age in London, where an LMN session was taking place for people from the local community and residents from the sheltered accommodation above. This was the first session that soprano Anna Sideris and pianist Jocelyn Freeman had done for LMN, so they were understandably a…

Can music be medicine?

Today, I addressed a group of MPs, peers and sector leaders at the House of Lords to discuss the potential for live music to play a greater role in society. Our musicians have seen countless times how their music can dramatically change the dynamics of places, people’s relationships with each other, and their engagement with the…

Bristol Reggae Orchestra hits the high notes

On Sunday 20 November, I was lucky to attend a concert at St George’s, Bristol by the remarkable Bristol Reggae Orchestra. Amongst other things, it was the culmination of a collaboration with young Scottish composer Kim Moore, who had been “adopted” by the Orchestra over a year ago. This was part of Making Music’s ‘Adopt…

Music and Loneliness

Live Music Now musicians deliver thousands of performances for older people each year, all around the UK. These people usually tell us that they feel uplifted and happier, and their carers often notice the effects lasting for many days afterwards, even in the cases of people who have quite advanced dementia. It is important work, and…

Live Music Now – my new job

In October last year, I was appointed as LMN's new Executive Director. This is a really exciting opportunity for me to help lead one of the UK's most successful and creative music organisations. I was delighted and honoured to accept the post. LMN was founded by Yehudi Menuhin over 36 years ago, with his friend…

Wellbeing Choir – amazing first rehearsal

Last night was the first meeting of a new ‘wellbeing choir’, a project I initiated about 4 months ago, whilst working for Making Music. It is being run by Hannah Currant, and the choir leaders are Katia Gorrie and Ian Towers. The idea is to create a friendly choir, that people can come along to…