The Spitz believes in relieving social isolation in local communities through the power of live music. We work with professional musicians to engage older people in care homes and residential housing, and link them with young people to create a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved.
Music is a very therapeutic and joyful thing. It brings a lot of connections and memories and impact to our residents
– Manager of Bridgeside Lodge Care Home
The Spitz Music Trust 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 Music Trust.
The professional musicians we work with are predominantly from jazz roots as their improvisational skill-set is the best avatar for this sensitive work, tailoring workshops in real-time following participant reaction. The music spans a diverse range of genres, appealing to a wide variety of cultures and generations and chosen with participants rather than for them. Many of the Spitz collective of musicians were nurtured in the previous Spitz venue.
The Spitz Music Trust delivers a constantly evolving music programme that includes educational, participatory, social, exploratory and performance strands. Using our programme to connect people who are separated as a result of social and economic realities, age, ethnicity, disability, culture and other disadvantage. We build relationships with participants of the music sessions, returning to each venue as many times as possible, nurturing memories and making 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