The ‘ripple’ effect of music on the wards

“It was very touching to see how the music effects relationships between the patient, their loved one/carer and ward staff; it acts as a bridge that brings people together and captures a fleeting moment that can then stay with everyone for a long time to come.” The Royal United Hospital in Bath has been booking…

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…

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…

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…

Music projects in multi-faith communities

These are some thoughts about an unexpected cultural barrier I encountered recently. During the past year or so, I helped lead a series of projects to create new community choirs in areas of deprivation around the country, to help with both individual wellbeing and community integration. On the whole, these were very successful, with great…

Building communities in community choirs

I recently helped lead a project to create new choirs in areas of deprivation around the UK, whilst working for Making Music. The full report has just been published, entitled ‘The Heroes Inside – building communities in community choirs’. People have sung together since time immemorial, to communicate or celebrate – or for no particular…