Our Meet the Music community and education programme is generously supported by the MariaMarina Foundation.
Work in the field of health and wellbeing is central to our Meet the Music programme. For over 10 years, City of London Sinfonia musicians have worked in hospitals, hospices, private residences and other settings, honing the necessary skills to allow music to aid in the healing process and provide distraction and entertainment for the people who need it most. With several ongoing projects in hospitals and care homes, our musicians have a wealth of experience working with ill and vulnerable people.
Our long-running partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, sees musicians deliver weekly music making workshops, enhancing the quality of life of its young patients. These musical activities provide a release from the strain of medical treatments whilst actively involving children in a creative and stimulating environment.
"The wonderful experience children gained from working with CLS musicians cannot be adequately expressed."
Carole Flynn, Great Ormond Street Hospital School
Working in residential homes across London, L’Chaim: Living Music has brought together musicians with Jewish refugees and survivors of Nazi persecution, many of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia for a series of interactive concerts. The project was devised in 1998 with the primary aim of enhancing the quality of life for the residents and staff of the homes, making them feel valued as a community whilst bringing the joy of live music into their home, which can provide solace and comfort to many residents as well as acting as a powerful tool in re-awakening memories. Recently a partnership with Jewish Care has allowed the L’Chaim project to expand into several new homes in North London.