Music therapy with newborns

Baby

Since November 2020, Kirsty Ormston has been developing the Music Therapy Service on the Neonatal Unit at University College Hospital, London. Music therapy has helped with interaction, soothing, and bonding, and has provided many families with the confidence to sing with their infant. Music therapy also provides an opportunity for...

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Calling all runners

Virtual London Marathon

You can be part of the world’s first 100,000 person marathon by joining the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon. This takes place on the same date as the classic run – 3rd October 2021 – but you make your own route, with plenty of incentive from the organisers (including getting...

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Our training courses

Course Zoom

This year our training courses have been rather different in format, but still full of fantastic ideas and techniques for making music with children who have complex needs. Initially we scheduled two courses, but due to popular demand we added a third. All were delivered online, led by our expert...

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Looking forward to two special events

Wine

It will come as no surprise that our events celebrating our 25th anniversary last year had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, but we are thrilled that two have been rescheduled. The performance of Messiah by The English Concert, directed by our Patron Trevor Pinnock – originally to have...

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Music Nomad supports Jessie’s Fund

Music Nomad logo

Music Nomad is a music equipment care company located in the US. Their ‘One for Music‘ programme supports the music community by donating a percentage of Music Nomad’s yearly sales to organisations which use music to transform lives and communities. We’re delighted that they discovered Jessie’s Fund and decided to...

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Maxine Peake on TV with Jessie’s Fund

We’re delighted that Maxine Peake presented our Lifeline Appeal, shown on BBC One on Sunday 25th October 2020. This 9 minute programme gives you a glimpse of how we help children to communicate through music, and you can watch it here. You’ll see Caleb, who has his own way of...

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Doubling your impact – thank you!

Music therapy at UCLH

This year we took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge for the first time. Having been promised a ‘matching pot’ of funds, online donations received between 1st and 8th December were doubled, thus raising even more money for our new programme of music therapy for babies on neonatal wards....

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Katy and Una smash their target

This is what Jessie’s cousin Katy (right) and her friend Una look like after running a half marathon at the end of undertaking 40 runs in 50 days! They set themselves a modest target of £300 and were overwhelmed with the support they received for Jessie’s Fund, raising £1,250. Needless...

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Interactive videos

Our ‘lockdown’ videos, recorded by our musicians in their homes, are aimed at helping children, their families and teachers to make music, wherever they are. 20 – 30 minutes long, and free for you to watch, they offer an opportunity for playing along, listening and moving about. All the pieces...

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Gear4music partners with Jessie’s Fund

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Gear4music, who are supporting our work over the next 12 months. Gear4music is a large, well-known retailer of musical instruments and music equipment, and, like Jessie’s Fund, is based in York. They have customers ranging from beginners to professionals, and sell not only...

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