Congratulations to our outstanding team of 40 musicians in the North West! They’ve delivered over 700 inclusive music sessions this year in schools, residential care settings, hospitals and community venues across the region. Through tailored concerts, creative music projects and Musician in Residence programmes, they’ve contributed to participants’ health and wellbeing by helping to build confidence, support engagement in learning, alleviate loneliness, and provide new ways for communication and self expression through music-making.
A big thank you to our partners who have played a crucial role in developing and funding these programmes. This includes The Bridgewater Hall, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, DaDa Fest, Resonate – Liverpool’s Music Education Hub, Accent Music Hub, Cumbria Music Hub, Manchester Music Hub and the Merseyside Music Education Hub Alliance.
Highlights from 2023 include:
Accent Music Hub partnered with Live Music Now to deliver a creative music project to five special schools across Warrington and Halton. The Festival! project aimed to support children and young people in collectively exploring, creating, and performing their own music.
Our flagship online programme with Music Hubs and Services provides access to a range of musical styles and high quality performances. In 2023 we reached over 4,000 students in 105 schools through Cumbria Music Hub, One Education in Manchester and Resonate Music Hub and Merseyside Hub Alliance in Liverpool & Merseyside.
We also hosted a ‘Musical Mondays Eurovision Special’ in partnership with Resonate in May 2023.
The concert was streamed online via Zoom Webinar – with 150,000 pupils tuning in from schools across the Liverpool City Region, Ukraine and Poland.
Photo Credit: Sophie Whitely
Live Music Now delivered our innovative Live Music In Care project at The Beeches Care Home in Liverpool, working with residents living with dementia, and the staff team that supports them. Over a 10-week period (February to April 2023 ), the musicians conducted ten 30-minute interactive live music sessions in three units, with up to 15 residents participating in each session. The project, generously funded by a grant Parkhaven Trust received from the PH Holt Foundation, was delivered by Live Music Now musicians, Elfair Dyer (harp) and Ste Forshaw (guitar/vocals). Read about the incredible impact of the programme here.
Our Autism Resource Bases Music Programme completed its first year in July 2023. Funded by Youth Music, made possible by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, our three-year pilot programme is increasing musical opportunities for autistic children and young people in 24 specialist autism resource bases in England.
Working in collaboration with Resonate – Liverpool’s Music Education Hub, Sound Foundation Somerset, and Harrow Music Hub, the project aims to enhance the use of music in autism resource bases linked to mainstream schools. Read more here.
A huge thank you to our funders including:
Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity, Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, Bonamy Charitable Trust, Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust, Eveson Charitable Trust, Marjorie Green Charitable Trust, Millichope Foundation, Rushworth Foundation, The Bingham Trust, The Dowager Eleanor Peel Charitable Trust, The Granada Foundation, The Grieve Charitable Trust, The Rainford Trust, The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust, The Ursula Keyes Charitable Trust and The Wynn Foundation.