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466 Kingsland Road

We are glad to be back at 466 Kingsland operating from a new office setup! A big thanks to Barclays 4 Bikes who have kindly donated this space to us.

Come and check out our wide array of vinyl, CDs, bric-a-brac, bikes and clothing. We are open most Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.30 – 5.30pm.

466 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AE



Music with Elders

“You’ve made my day, no – you’ve made my month, no – you’ve made my year. I loved every minute of it and I didn’t expect to.”

“You’ve lifted my spirits up tremendously. You were very good.”

“Love it. It’s good therapy. Yes – we’re all good friends now, especially on that old mic…..”

“Thank you. Thank you. This is lovely. Contented ambience.”

Care home residents

Growing Old 

The consequences of growing old is something that affects us all. Be it through dealing with aged grandparents,  parents or indeed ourselves, it is an issue that will never go away and if anything, is becoming increasingly more relevant.

As the UK’s population rapidly ages, acute loneliness and social isolation are some of the biggest challenges facing our society, especially as they notably increase the risk of death and illness in elderly people.

The Spitz is tackling these acute social problems by taking live music to the heart of these situations. By delivering a constantly evolving music programme that includes participatory, social, exploratory and performance strands, our programme connects elders who are separated as a result of disability, age, ethnicity, culture or other social and economic realities.

Our Musicians

It is impossible to second guess the response this work elicits. It is crucial that our musicians are adept at reacting and improvising in the moment to what ever is thrown at them. It is in these moments of spontaneity that some of the most profound events happen. We hand pick our musicians from a large reservoir of talent built up over many years, who are not only fine musicians but also highly tuned to the needs of the clients.

“I’ve never performed for a group that wanted to be this involved and were so overjoyed.
It was very interesting experiencing so many young souls trapped in old bodies encouraged to act the age they felt.”

Emine Pirhasan Musician

Small sums make a Big Difference

The financial cost of dementia to the UK was over £23 billion in 2012. Working with one of our partners, Haringey Council, we developed a pilot programme. It had the advantage of being flexible, scalable and could be delivered around the capital and in time, around the country.

Warming up music and songs. The inclusion of requests given to us in advance, leading to a collaborative piece using the jointly composed song. This can be rehearsed without music the week before in preparation thereby extending the impact beyond the day in question. Residents can each speak or sing a sentence with gentle music backing them. Other requests can be accommodated spontaneously at the time.

Couplets and Cuppas

Tuesday 10th March – 11:00 – 13:00

A gentle morning of live music, poetry and song brought to you by older participants.

Featuring lead artists from Meet me at The Albany, Spitz Musicians, poet Simon Mole and emerging older artists all focusing on animating the space with music.

Forest Hill Methodist Church and Community Centre. 

Normanton Street

Forest Hill

SE23 2DS

Day Care Centres 2014

Day Care Centres

 August – December 2014
The Grange, The Haven & The Haynes

The Spitz Charitable Trust brings together some of London’s finest Jazz Musicians to work in three Adult Day Centres in Haringey.

The Spitz have regularly been visiting The Grange, The Haven and The Haynes in an ongoing project to promote well-being through music to the lives of those participating.

International Older People’s Day

Celebrating International Older People’s Day

 October 1st 2014 
Wood Green Shopping Centre

The Spitz Charitable Trust brings together some of London’s finest Jazz Musicians to work in three Adult Day Centres in Haringey.

Opening Event  with live music.
Jay Phelps – Trumpet, Jonathan Gee – Piano and some contributions from the Elders.

Expedition to The Exhibition – Elders and Live Music
Photographs by Calvin Solomon and Hannah Lovell
Exhibition 29th September – October 1st 2014

Collaborating with Elders is like Jazz – constant improvisation, listening, watching and responding to the moment.

“You’ve made my day, no – you’ve made my month, no – you’ve made my year.”

Spitz @ Kings Place

On Saturday 12th September 2015, The Spitz and its gathering of various ages and backgrounds arrived at King’s Cross to play in the Kings Place Festival 2015.

The band (Jay Phelps – Trumpet, Jonathan Gee – Piano, Ben Hazleton – Bass) were joined on stage by two elders whom the Spitz have been working with extensively : Victor Stuart – guitarist and Cedric Skyler – poet.

Both Victor and Cedric have had a series of one-to-ones with our musicians which brought them to this point of performance. On arrival, Cedric was brimming with quiet pride. He had just travelled from New Cross with an escort – the longest journey he has made in the 10 years since his stroke. Victor made sparkling eye contact with everyone he met. He came with his daughters and granddaughters who were overjoyed at seeing their (gran)dad perform for the first time in years.

Programme for Spitz @ Kings Place


Photographs by D.Orliange Photography