Our objective is to bring music to areas in the community where access is not normally available, particularly in economically deprived parts of the city and the surrounding environs. Our award-winning outreach programme includes local schools, hospitals and retirement homes, in addition to initiating the new concept of fun-packed family concerts in association with the City and County Councils.
Projects are designed for local primary schools, taking music where few of the participating pupils will have had experienced it before. Specially trained musicians also work with the county’s special schools where the children, often emotionally disturbed or behaviourally challenged, reap the rewards of improved social and communication skills, powers of concentration, and self esteem. Successful series of musical open days held in collaboration with the Dragon School and the County Music Service provide local state schools with workshops and performance opportunities for all ability levels.
Our projects at the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust, where we developed specialist therapeutic work at the Park and Highfield Hospitals for disturbed adolescents, were awarded a major grant from Youth Music. For a number of years we have been running workshops at the Centre for Enablement at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, for physically handicapped outpatients, and a more recent series of workshops has been developed at the Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury. We are also active in the Geratology Unit of the John Radcliffe Hospital, and in the Fulbrook Centre of the Churchill Hospital for older adult patients suffering from acute mental conditions.