In 2016 we brought 34 live, participatory music sessions to isolated places such as nursing homes and day care centres in the London boroughs of Haringey, Hackney, Greenwich, Lewisham and Islington. In addition we held a public event as part of the Kings Place Festival in Kings Cross involving our professional musicians and participants from the music sessions, and another at Spitalfields Market, returning to our roots where the old Spitz venue was based.
Through these sessions and events we reached over 1665 people in 2016.
The work continues in 2017 with funding from Arts Council England and The Big Lottery Fund. We are currently organising dates at Osborne Grove Nursing Home, Finsbury Park.
“I wish to thank you for facilitating and arranging these music sessions. I am confident this will contribute to the wellbeing of the residents and they will find pleasure and enjoyment in the sessions.”
Marilyn Willock-James, Activity Officer, Osborne Grove
Taking place in care homes, public spaces and music venues, The Spitz Charitable Trust have found that joining generations through music is a symbiotic relationship. By providing a voice for older people through music-making and enjoyment, the staff and musicians have allowed their methodologies to evolve and be enriched by older people.
Participants are able to make their own creative choices and contributions making for a more personal and valuable experience, and creating an equal exchange.
Musicians are chosen for their flexibility and improvisational skills which enable workshops and events to be taken in unexpected directions, often meaning that participants are involved in the creation of music as well as the enjoyment of it.