The Bliss iBand is a group of adults with physical disabilities who get together weekly to explore the possibilities of actively making music together with virtual instruments apps found in their Apple iPads. The Bliss i-Band is now in its fourth year (2017) of activity and has demonstrated the benefits to be enjoyed by adults with physical disabilities (many of whom are nonspeaking and use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices) in coming together to make music.
THE MUSICAL BREATH, UK
Phoene Cave is an HCPC registered music therapist and clinical supervisor. She is a singer, vocal coach and a qualified shiatsu practitioner. She has worked in music with communities in nurseries, schools, hospitals, prisons and refugee hostels as well as lecturing across education, community music and music therapy settings. She set up Singing for Breathing at six major London hospitals. In 2015, she was invited to write and deliver a Singing for Lung Health training programme for the British Lung Foundation and has trained 200 new singing leaders. Phoene is director of the musical breath and continues to be involved in research and to deliver training courses.
THE SELF-ISOLATION CHOIR, UK
Mark Strachan is the Founder of The Self-Isolation Choir. We are a choir which learns, sings, records and performs “great music” all the way from Mahler 2 to ABBA. We invite all our singers to learn online from home, then to record their own voice and send this to us. We combine all voices in the studio and play the complete version back to the choir in a concert performance.
Mark points out: “There are moments in time when everything changes. The ‘normal’ becomes a recent memory and we yearn to return to the way things were. But sometimes the changes are for the better, and so whilst we yearn for the way things were, we slowly realize that the way things were is no longer the way we want things to be in the future.”
OPUS MUSIC, UK
Nick Cutts is a bassoonist, pianist, whistle player, guitarist and singer. Nick trained as a Musician and Trainer for Musicians in Healthcare through European partnerships led by Musique & Sante in France. Nick is Chief Executive of OPUS Music CIC.
OPUS is a sector leader in the advocacy, delivery and training for the use of music within health and social care settings, bringing cultural encounters to clinical environments to the benefit of the health and wellbeing of patients and residents, their visitors and health/care staff. OPUS is passionate about the use of music-making as a daily ritual of care.
PLAYLIST FOR LIFE, UK
Over two decades of scientific research shows that listening to a personal playlist can improve the lives of those living with dementia. Particularly during a time of social isolation, music can help.
The first lockdown meant that many organisations providing vital face-to-face support were forced to close, including Playlist for Life Help Points. We had real concerns about how our service users would be able to access resources to make their own playlist and harness the power of personal music. And so, the Playlist Request Service was born: a project run by staff and volunteers to create playlists for those who were shielding.
Dr. ANDREA CREECH
MCGILL UNIVERSITY, CANADA
Andrea Creech is professor of pedagogy at the Schulich School of Music, in Montreal. Andrea is the primary researcher in a pan-Canadian study on the use of music and technology with older adults.
DR. ROSIE PERKINS
ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, UK
Dr. Rosie Perkins is Reader in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music. Rosie’s research focuses on music and mental health and she is programme leader for the RCM’s ground-breaking MSc in Performance Science. Her work has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and has featured in a wide range of international journals and press. Rosie is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and sits on the steering group for the RSPH Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group. In 2019, she was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music.