Update on the Cordwainers’ Musical Outreach campaign
La Bohème Creative Project with RLSB
Participants from the Royal London Society for Blind People joined musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, students from the Royal College of Music and composer Hannah Conway to explore the music of Puccini’s opera La Bohème and create their own pieces in response. The workshop was supported by the Cordwainers Musical Outreach fund and proved an immensely valuable day. ‘I was not expecting it to be that good’, said one student. A video of the day’s work can be seen (and heard) here: www.rpo.co.uk
Special requests at the Royal Free
Patients at the Royal Free Hospital have praised a programme which sees some of the world’s most promising young musicians hold interactive music sessions on elderly care wards.
Music students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama have been visiting two of the hospital’s older people’s wards each week, and giving all patients the chance to request their favourite song and even sing and play along.
Patient Edna Clare Ireland, 99, from Highgate said: ‘I thought it was lovely. They should keep it up. I thought it was absolutely great. They gave pleasure to everybody in this room.’
The programme was organised by Laura Leadsford, director of therapy services, and is jointly funded by the Royal Free Charity and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers.