Live Music Now “Music, amongst all the great arts, is the language which penetrates most deeply into the human spirit, reaching people through every barrier, disability, language and circumstance... This is why it has been my dream to bring music back into the lives of those people whose lives are especially prone to stress and suffering . . . so that it might comfort, heal and bring delight.” Yehudi Menuhin. Live Music Now (LMN) is a national charity, created by Yehudi Menuhin in 1977. We provide high-quality music experiences for people with limited access to the arts, due to disability, illness or social disadvantage. Participants benefit from the amazing therapeutic, social and emotional benefits of engaging with live music - an experience that transforms and enriches lives.
Each year, our musicians deliver around 2,500 participatory performances and workshops in special schools, residential care homes and community centres, reaching over 150,000 people across the UK. Wherever possible we undertake sustained activity and establish long-term partnerships to provide lasting impact for our beneficiaries.
LMN has been working in Wales since 1990, delivering almost 6,000 LMN performances since that time. We are the only national arts organization delivering work in each of the 22 Welsh counties every year, delivering well over 350-400 performances annually.
Our work focuses on two areas where we believe we can bring most benefit:
• Health & Wellbeing: particularly older people, including those living with dementia • Children & Young people in disadvantage, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
We recruit the UK's most talented emerging professional musicians, from all musical genres, who combine exceptional performance skills with excellent communication and understanding. During their four years with LMN, we provide specialist training and mentoring, enabling them to engage with a wide range of people in need and disadvantage. These new skills invariably go on to shape elements of their future careers.LMN Wales Alumni include: Tim Rhys Evans (MD Only Men Aloud), Hannah Stone (former Harpist to HRH Prince of Wales) and
LMN is renowned for the truly excellent service we provide for our beneficiaries. We are only able to achieve this by training our musicians to the highest level. All LMN musicians undertake a comprehensive training and mentoring programme, developing the specific skills required to engage, stimulate, inspire and communicate with our beneficiaries.
The benefits for children and young people with SEND in taking part in regular music activities are now understood. Engagement in our workshops not only impacts on musical skills progression, but crucially on pupils' social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. LMN undertakes partnerships with special schools across the UK to ensure that their pupils can access music-making activities, enabling them to express themselves creatively and develop key skills aiding their personal and educational development. Our Inspire training programme offers 4 levels of development for LMN musicians working in SEND settings, developing SEND music leaders and up-skilling Staff in schools.
Our core Health & Wellbeing programme provides regular social interaction, using music to support and improve the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of older people. Our work with older people has positive and measureable impacts on wellbeing for the participants as indicated by a range of outcome indicators under the following headings:
Communication, social interaction, bonding
Enjoyment and mood
Confidence and resilience
Cognition and understanding
Clinical benefits and physical ability
Engagement with the world
With dramatic rises anticipated in the older population and those with dementia, over the coming years, our work is more valuable than ever. Care Home residencies, and regular performances in Care Homes, hospitals and within the community provide opportunities for isolated older people to experience a fullness of life and relationship once more.
Other strands of our Health & Wellbeing programmeinclude developing work with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as work within PRU's, young carers, looked after youth, homeless adults and exploring the benefits of music and health within hospital research projects in areas such as renal dialysis, stroke and pulmonary disease and SCBU wards.
Musicians join the scheme through open audition, and benefit from a bespoke programme of training and development over their 4-6 years on the scheme. All genres and sizes of groups can apply, from solo singer/songwriters through to brass and wind quintets and beyond. In Wales auditions are held each April at the RWCMD with a closing date 6 weeks prior. Using exceptional professional musicians in our work increases the benefits of live music to our participants in that:
high level musical expertise is more engaging and transformative through professional skills
specialist trained musicians in areas such as dementia and SEND ensures performances and communication are bespoke to the needs of each participant, creating a safe space for vulnerable groups, breaking barriers and allowing the benefits of live music to be inclusive and accessible to all
offering vulnerable groups the best professional musicians creates an increased sense of self worth that they are worthy of access to such opportunities
participants feel connected to a world bigger than their own, and part of a wider community