News and events

Mozart on a Barge


Mozart’s wonderful ‘Gran Partita’ (Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments) will be performed in the unique setting of the Arts Barge, Foss Basin, York YO10 4AB, at 7pm on Sunday 4 September. Mozart’s Serenade K.361, commonly known as the Serenade for 13 Wind, was actually written for 12 wind instruments and...

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The Postlethwaite Music Foundation

Support from PMF

We are delighted to have been supported once again by The Postlethwaite Music Foundation. The Foundation first gave a grant to Jessie’s Fund in 2017, and have supported us each year since. This year, they have not only given us a grant for 2022 – they have pledged the same...

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Podcast with Jessie’s Fund Director


The British Association for Music Therapy hosts a series of podcasts which are conversations with music therapists, or with those connected to music therapy. Just published is a conversation between music therapist Davina Vencatasamy and Lesley Schatzberger, Founder of Jessie’s Fund. Their 50 minute chat covers a lot of ground,...

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Reaching across the UK

Since Jessie’s Fund started on its mission we have reached all areas of the country, sharing the communicative powers of music in children’s hospices, special schools, hospitals, child development centres and early learning settings. Whilst we don’t get complacent (in the full knowledge that there is so much more to...

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Return of our in-person training course

Music-making training

We’re delighted that this autumn we will be returning to face-to-face training courses, having been almost entirely online since the end of 2019. We have a new ‘blended’ format, but still lots fantastic ideas and techniques for making music with children who have complex needs. There will be a course...

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Neonatal Music Therapy

In November 2020 Kirsty Ormston started in post as music therapist at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at London’s University College Hospital. The pilot year of this role was funded by Jessie’s Fund. An article describing the work and containing a poignant case study was published recently in the...

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A school transformation

Our journey with James Rennie School in Cumbria started in what now feels like a different age, September 2018, when we started a conversation with Kerry, the Assistant Head, about training for the staff team. She and Kris, the Head Teacher, had realised that music could be used to improve...

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Music Therapy with children at York Hospital

Music therapist at York Hospital

We’re delighted that, with our support in partnership with the Friends of York Hospital, it has been possible to reinstate music therapy for children at York Hospital. After our successful pilot project, the end of which was brought about due to the pandemic, music therapist Aby Vulliamy has just started...

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Music Therapy at Little Bridge House


Little Bridge House is one of three hospices run by Children’s Hospice South West: Jessie’s Fund has supported music therapy there for some time. Ceridwen Rees, the music therapist at Little Bridge House, was furloughed during the first lockdown, and tells us that when she went back, staff and families...

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