I work on regular projects with the partners below:
I work with GOSH Arts (formally GO Create!) to visit Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on a weekly basis offering harp based workshops and concerts around wards, outpatient clinics and central hospital areas.
In 2016 I ran a collaborative composition project, where children from a variety of wards contributed to an original piece of harp music. Children were each recorded improvising on the harp as I played a guide bass line. The songs were then mixed together into a single piece of music. The recordings were taken at bedsides in wards and ages of the children involved ranged from 18 months to 15 years old. The piece can be heard below:
In 2017 I also recorded eight original harp arrangements of nursery rhymes that GOSH school and play-worker staff can use as resources around the hospital.
I am also undertaking a ‘bedtime sessions’ project with Go Create! visiting wards once a month in the evening to play a distinct calming bedtime programme to help children and their families relax and transition to a potentially daunting overnight stay in hospital.
My work with Go Create! has been documented in the videos below:
Chelsea and Westminster & West Middlesex University Hospital
In 2017 I joined the Memory Lane project at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. A training programme in partnership with The Royal College of Music which sees current RCM students learn from and shadow music in healthcare practitioners performing in older person units in the hospital. As part of the programme I will also be delivering regular concerts in older person wards in the hospital.
As well as this project I also undertook a weekly residency playing in wards at West Middlesex University Hospital which is also programmed by CW+.
Breathe Arts Health Research
I am a resident musician on the Breathe Arts Health Research clinical music programme which sees me perform in various ward and outpatient concerts around St Guys and St Thomas Hospitals every month, as well as outreach community clinics around South London.
As well as working on the clinical music programme I’m also involved in the ‘Breathing Spaces’ project, where performers offer 1 -2 minute performances on a one to one basis to staff and patients who don’t have time to view a longer performance.
Royal Brompton Hospital
In 2016 I began a weekly residency playing at the Royal Brompton Hospital for a new project to introduce live music in surgical wards and intensive care units, I visited both adult and children’s wards and the presence of relaxing harp music in such a stressful environment was a very positive impact for patients, family members and staff.
The Music in Hospitals Charity
￼I am a long standing member of the Music in Hospitals Charity and take bookings to play concerts and lead harp workshops in children and adult hospital wards, care homes and special schools throughout the South East.
Top image credit – R&B arts at Royal Brompton Hospital