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The Spitz at Osborne Grove

One of our visits in October comprised a whole day at Osborne Grove Nursing Home, visiting individuals in their rooms in the morning and coming together for a group session in the afternoon for those who were able to leave their beds.

Joanna Layla also took the time to join us at our most recent visit to Osborne Grove to illustrate the day.

Please click below to view the gallery:

Spitz Director Jane Glitre describes this pioneering day:

“When are you coming again?” It was very faintly said and hard to decipher from someone who I hadn’t realised could speak. As we were packing up after our final session at Osborne Grove Nursing Home a very frail lady managed to ask the question. She lay in her large armchair/wheelchair and had spent most of the session trying to hide one of our maracas under her jumper. It was obvious she was enjoying the music, and wonderful that she was looking to the future. The Activity Officer for Osborne Grove was amazed.

Participants ranged in age from 50 years old to 95. Many are bed bound, the rest either use wheel chairs or zimmer frames.

On arrival one client was frequently very agitated, swearing at us and saying ‘I hate you’. As soon as the music began she would relax and look deeply at us.

Almost every single room received some kind of music and conversation in the morning. There was just one man who didn’t want anything and sat, sadly with his head in his hands. We told staff about him and were delighted to see him at the afternoon session, smiling and joining in.

The afternoon group session took on the same format as our previous visits, however it was deeply enhanced by the intimacy of the morning: more people came and they greeted us in recognition, musical conversations continued with a lot of joining in. After an hour staff went round to check if anyone wanted to leave and they all wanted to stay.

One lady remarked “I shall remember this for the rest of my life. Always.”


Return to Spitalfields: Gallery

On Friday June 24 we voyage to our roots in Spitalfields Market for a day of music and wellbeing in the heart of East London. You will find us under the canopy in Bishops Square, with a rough schedule as follows:

Photo credit: Delphine Orliange

  • 10:00 – 17:00 – Meet & Greet + Market Stalls
  • 12:00 – 15:00 – Live Music from Arthur Lea (Piano), Alan Weekes (Guitar), Ben Hazelton (Bass), Winston Clifford (Drums), Brian Edwards (Sax), Emine Pirhasan (Vocals), and including some of our older musicians (tbc)

Our stalls will stock unique clothing and books, featuring items from various independent designers including Marvin Browne.

Quite aptly, BBC Radio 3 Broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre, who wrote   the article on the last night of the Spitz, will be compering the event.

We still require volunteers to help us during this event, if you are interested please get in touch!

Hope to see you there.

Spitalfields Logo

Spitz @ Hackney Museum

On October 28th The Spitz are arriving at the Hackney Museum for the day to add our signature to the ongoing African Threads Hackney Style exhibit which opened at the start of October.

 Wednesday October 28th, Hackney Museum – 11:00 

The exhibition focuses on the creation and use of printed cloths and their designs as expressions of African identity.

Between 11 and 1 we will be spinning stories, leading in African call and response and cultivating interactive music, all with the support of The Spitz’s world class musicians using the exhibition as an inspirational backdrop. Best of all, the event is free! Bring the whole family; song sheets and percussion will be provided!

See flyer below for exhibit info

African Threads Hackney Style

Jemma’s Challenge – 25km for The Spitz

Please donate here.

The Scilly Swim Challenge consists of 6 swims totalling 15km and 6 walks totalling 10km – thats a whopping 25km in one day!! And this is precisely what Jemma Goldby conquered for us on September the 5th.


The route took Jemma around 12 hours to complete, through chilling water temperatures of 12°C (think cold shower!)

This is where we need YOUR help. Jemma is donating all the money she is raising to The Spitz, and so far has raised a whopping £1530, just shy of her £2000 goal. The challenge may be over but please continue to support her and us. You can find her fundraising page here.

And Jemma, THANKYOU.

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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