Wednesday 16 June 2021

After a gap of 15 months, the musicians of Live Music Now return to live performance

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Live Music Now is returning to live performance after a 15-month hiatus, presenting over 60 concerts across the England, Northern Ireland and Wales, as its 250 musicians get back to performing in schools, care homes and community centres. 

Live Music Now is one of the UK’s biggest musical charities working specifically within the health and wellbeing arena, delivering inspirational musical moments that enable people to live musical lives whilst building community and generating creativity. It also nurtures the careers of hundreds of musicians and through a programme of training and resources, Live Music Now will also be supporting its professionals as they re-start their careers, with funding from Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales' Culture Recovery Fund. 

Live Music Now's #ReturntoLive project will:

  • enable those experiencing disadvantage and challenging circumstance across the UK – from children at school to older people in care homes – to return to their musical lives through the experience of and participation of live, in-person music making for the first time in more than 15 months 
  • provide development, mentoring and rehearsal support for its 250 musicians across the UK  
  • offer moments of wellbeing and support to staff delivering on the frontline of the pandemic for the past 15 months
  • culminate in 60+ concerts from 14 June 2021 across the UK, from schools and care homes to community centres, hospitals and doorstep musical moments
Concerts will include the Chameleon Quartet in locations across Manchester; vocalist Rosie Hood from the Dovetail Trio, in residence at Riverside School in Goole, creating original folk songs with pupils; Gambian musician Jali Bakary Konteh playing the kora at Islington vaccination centres with both Gambian music and his own compositions; contemporary classical chamber quartet Spindle Ensemble in Bristol's Claremont School; Conor Lamb and Dierdre Galway in concerts of Irish traditional music on the uilleann pipes in Northern Ireland; Top Brass Trio in concerts in Wales.

Full details from the Live Music Now website

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