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15 Years supporting recovery and wellbeing through music

Music and Health Programme

“Wherever we are from, whatever language we speak, music connects us – unites us.”
– March 2021 Life Room sharing event

Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music and Health programme began in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in 2008. Initially, the programme was a pilot working across two Mental Health wards but has now grown to work with the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust, Improving Me and the Walton Centre.

We work in community settings and have a growing social prescribing programme, welcoming referrals from GPs, Link Workers and mental health charities. We are now one of the longest continuously running Music and Health programmes working in collaborative partnership with the NHS and have worked with over 18,000 individuals, using music to improve the health of people across the Liverpool City region.

In October 2023, we celebrated the programme's 15th anniversary, hosting special performances in hospitals, and care and community settings across our four partner NHS Trusts. As part of this series of events, participants worked with musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to create a showcase performance which demonstrated the profound mental and physical impacts of collaborative music-making.

Central to the programme are the people and communities we work with, our NHS colleagues and the world-famous musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Through working together since 2008, we have developed a programme which uses music to support, connect and benefit the health and wellbeing of individuals and families across Liverpool City Region. 

Our Music and Health programme creates pathways and progression routes including independent visits to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and sign-posting to other activities. We deliver a range of activities within community settings, including Mersey Care’s Life Rooms facilities. Our social prescribing programme, Music Mondays, is open for referrals for individuals aged 18+ from across the Liverpool City Region.

The programme helps develop confidence, skills and hope for the future, and reduces isolation and exclusion of often highly marginalised individuals at very challenging times in their lives.

 

To mark the programme's 15th anniversary, Liverpool Philharmonic and the University of Liverpool published a report to present significant findings regarding how music improves the general health and wellbeing of individuals receiving care in hospitals and in the community. The report is drawn from 2022/23 studies by the University of Liverpool’s Professor Josie Billington PhD, Dr Jaqueline Waldock PhD  and Dr Melissa Chapple PhD, consultation with Royal College of Music Professor Rosie Perkins FHEA, FRSPH, HonRCM, and research by University of Sunderland visiting Professor Susanne Burns.  

 

Previous reporting on the Music and Health programme from 2008-2017 can also be found here:

For further information contact learning@liverpoolphil.com

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