News and events

Training course dates announced

Ipad music apps

This year our training courses will be rather different in format, but they’ll still be full of fantastic ideas and techniques for making music with children who have complex needs. There will be two courses, both delivered online, led by our expert team of tutors: Mark Withers, Cathy Ibberson and...

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Wait to donate: double your impact!

Music therapy at UCLH

This year we are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. We have been promised a ‘matching pot’ of funds, so online donations we receive between now and 12pm on Tuesday 8th December will be doubled, thus raising even more money for our new programme of music therapy for...

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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. 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 dancing...

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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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Our events

It will come as no surprise that our events celebrating our 25th anniversary had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, but we are delighted that the performance of The Messiah directed by Trevor Pinnock has been postponed rather than cancelled. Originally to have taken place on 17 October in...

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‘Lockdown’ interactive videos released

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. About 20 minutes long, and free for all, they offer an opportunity for playing along, listening and moving about. All the pieces have been designed...

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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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Making music for Jessie’s Fund

We’re very fortunate in having lots of supporters who not only love music, but are also good at playing it! Cathy Ibberson is a music therapist who works with children at Martin House, the hospice which looked after Jessie. She’s also raised funds for us through her music, most recently...

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Time of Covid: update

Thanks to NADLAB UK and Masqonn we now have plenty of face masks available to keep our musicians and the children we work with as safe as possible once we can make music face-to-face with them again. Mike Sherwood, from NADLAB UK, says ‘We are donating masks to welfare charities...

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Working with Mabel Pritchard School

Mabel Prichard School is a community special school for children and young people with complex needs from the ages of 2 to 19. The school says ‘We believe in enabling every student to discover who they are and to realise their full potential. Our curriculum offers a broad range of...

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