Music in Healthcare Apprentices

We're delighted to introduce our new Music in Healthcare Apprentices for 2015/16.  This innovative programme, now in its second year, is designed to support emerging Music in Healthcare musicians in developing their own regular, professional practice. apprentices 201516 (2)pictured L-R: Nick Cutts, Rachel Fillhart (Apprentice), Sarah Matthews, Aisling Holmes (Apprentice), Becky Eden-Green (Apprentice), Richard Kensington, Kate Jackson (Apprentice) Last year's programme was extremely successful, with Apprentices collaborating to form two new Music in Healthcare organisations, Wellspring Music CIC and Pulse Arts CIC, working in Nottingham and London respectively on new programmes of practice including … Continue Reading ››

Drumming in Intensive Care Units

richard kensington 1 300Five years ago, during my initial training as a musician in healthcare settings, one of the first challenges I faced was how to take my specialism of percussion into hospital settings.  How could I use percussion instruments, particularly drums, in spaces that I assumed would be very quiet in a way that would enhance that environment? How could I use something as potentially noisy and intrusive as a drum in an a space populated by children suffering from a variety of illnesses or conditions which … Continue Reading ››

Reflections on Practice: Partnerships with Doctors

oli matthews 1 300We entered the ward as a group of three musicians.  As soon as we entered though the doors we were noted by a doctor in the second bay down who had a group of 7 junior doctors with him. He turned to us, introducing us to his group as a regular team that come into the Children’s wards each week, playing music for and with the children, parents and staff. As the junior doctors were currently doing some observations on a small child at the time, we asked if it was appropriate … Continue Reading ››
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