The Spitz continues to increase wellbeing through the power of quality live music.
Drawing on some of London’s finest musicians from a large reservoir of talent built in the original Spitz venue, our participatory music sessions and public events have proven to ease anxiety, encourage interaction and improve wellbeing and memory through mental and physical participation.
Each year we bring more private workshops to nursing homes, day centres, hospices and other places of potential isolation in disadvantaged London boroughs, plus public events to spread the word and music to local communities.
“One day I will be elderly and this makes me see that life could be beautiful.”
Observer of public event
Through music we connect people who may be isolated as a result of social and economic realities, age, ethnicity, disability, culture and other disadvantage. We build relationships with participants and their families, returning to each venue as many times as possible to nurture memories and make new ones.
“I feel Dad comes home so happy and relaxed after these sessions. It’s definitely helping his memory because I can ask him things and he remembers.”
Victoria – daughter of Grange Day Care Centre participant with Alzheimer’s disease
The Spitz was awarded charitable status in December 2013, having been born out of former music and arts venue The Spitz. Located in the old Spitalfields Market, The Spitz enjoyed a successful 11 years building a formidable reputation for excellence and innovation. Unfortunately the market’s renovation meant closure and the loss of one of London’s best loved venues.
‘Bowed but not beaten’
On closing the doors for the very last time Director Jane Glitre speculated what music older people in the local area were listening to, and from this came research, arranging gigs in many unusual spaces and ultimately The Spitz Charitable Trust.