Music at Heart
Music at Heart is a therapeutic music project at Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel London. We work with a team of talented musicians who visit the children’s wards and paediatric A&E, to offer a moment of musical respite at bedsides for children resident in long term wards and children awaiting immediate treatment.
Working in pairs, the musicians perform a repertoire of fun, engaging and soothing songs, some of which offer the opportunity for collaboration using a selection of musical instruments available from our music box such as shakers, hand chimes and tiny drums (not too loud) and maracas. The musicians use a variety of their own musical instruments which include the cello, ukulele, hand pan and guitar to perform an eclectic range of songs from familiar nursery rhymes to funky renditions of contemporary tunes.
Since its inception in December 2018, the regular team of musicians have built up a rapport with the children and their families, singing and performing together with the aim of reducing anxiety and bringing a sense of happiness to those who need it most. The project has proved a joy for us at Creative Futures especially working with the Barts Play Team, to ensure continued delivery of a musical project that best suits the children’s needs.
For one day in February 2020, Creative Futures took over the Healing Space, a multi-sensory room used by the children, to stage a day of creative entertainment that included arts & crafts, story-telling and of course our regular musicians. Together with the children, lyrics and music were composed that told the story of a magical firebird travelling across London in her quest to return the smiles to children who were unhappy. Here’s a video that captures the essence of our work.
The project is funded by BBC Children in Need, and was supported by Arts Council England during its first year.