Flashback – Music for Children 1998

For this installment of Flashback, we’re looking back to the beginning of Music for Children, which began in 1998 as part of our Education and Community Programme. This project was launched at Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children in September 1998 with three CLS musicians (Jo Cole ‘cello; Duke Dobing flute; Nick Ward violin). An initial ‘Pilot Day’ enabled the musicians to familiarise themselves with the hospital, staff, patients and different wards.

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The CLS team then visited the Hospital School with creative work based on Italy, the in-school topic for the term. The Venice Carnival was re-created over two mornings of music-making workshops, as well as pizza-making and other fun activities. The afternoons were shared between visits to the Mildred Creek Psychiatric Unit and the Dialysis Ward, with several new pieces of music being created and performed.

Following these successful project days a three-year partnership with the Hospital, which is now in its thirteenth year! Nadezna Wilkins, the Hospital School’s Music Co-ordinator, was extremely enthusiastic: “The musicians are extremely friendly with the staff and young people both in the school and on the wards. They display excellent skills when teaching children of all ages and abilities.”

CLS are delighted to announce that we have recently received a generous grant from the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust for £85,700 over three years in order to expand our hospital work to Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals next year.

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