with the support of
Carols in the Street 2021 has forged links with multiple charities who understand the social and psychological value of music in the work that they do.
Our listed charities have shown a special interest in participating in this unique event and raising awareness about the benefits of collective music.
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"I hope that singing en masse will remind us all that music, especially vocals, can bring everyone together whether in unison or harmony. We must not let recent troubles make us fearful of using our voices"
- Sir Tim Rice, supporting carols in the street
Music therapy plays a significant role at GOSH creating fun, interactive musical connections and building on these to achieve longer term goals.
Many children at GOSH are seperated from their loved ones whilst undergoing treatment for serious illnesses. When they sing from the ward during this event, they will sing in the knowledge that their families are singing with them.
Demelza provides hospice care for children and young people with serious or terminal conditions.
Demelza uses music therapy to help children and their families to express emotions that are too difficult to put into words.
We are delighted to know that children and families supported by Demelza will be taking part in Doorstep Carols 2021.
Spread a Smile partners with NHS hospitals to enhance play provision and provide critically ill children with access to enhanced play and entertainment provision in hospital during some of the darkest times of their lives.
The Spread a Smile Choir was created to support those seriously ill and hospitalised children and teenagers who love music and simply want to sing during our entertainer visits. "Every time a child sings we can see the happiness and escapism it brings, easing the difficult realities of painful treatment and hospital stays." The Choir allows young patients the opportunity to have fun with their friends and siblings which in turn improves their wellbeing, reduces anxieties, builds self esteem and encourages peer support.
"I am truly blessed to know the children and their extraordinary families and we are all very excited to be involved in such an uplifting and joyful event this December." Collette Spinner - Choir Lead
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Ex Cathedra is a charity all about singing.
Founded by its Artistic Director Jeffrey Skidmore it recently celebrated 50 years of inspiring singing.
Singing Medicine is its project for people in babies, children, young people and adults in hospital and with life-limiting conditions. Devised in 2004 for BWCH it won an award from the Royal Society for Public Health for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Arts in Health. One of their recent innovations is a programme for people affected by Long Covid.
Ex Cathedra’s flagship schools project, Singing Playgrounds, trains children to lead others in singing-play.
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Youth Music believe that every young person should have the chance to change their life through music.
Yet research shows that many can’t because of who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through.
The insights, influence and investment in grassroots organisations and to young people themselves made by Youth Music enable more 0–25-year-olds to make, learn and earn in music.
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The Rhythm Studio Foundation believes that talented young musicians deserve a chance whatever their background. We work with schools, community groups and young people who have a passion for music but lack the means and support to take it further. We organise tuition, finance and career guidance to the next generation of musical stars.
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The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) provides music therapy for people of all ages with physical, learning, neurological or psychological difficulties in the London Borough of Richmond and surrounding areas, in order to improve their well-being and quality of life. It runs 1-1 music therapy and music therapy groups for young children with disabilities, for children and young people with SEN, for adults with mental health problems or neurological conditions such as stroke and MS, and for elderly people with dementia. It runs OK Music School teaching 70 children and young people with disabilities to learn to play an instrument and perform with pride in public concerts and an OK Youth Choir for all abilities. During the pandemic, OKMT's services continue online or face-to-face for hundreds of vulnerable and isolated people, providing a vital lifeline which enables them to express themselves, make friends, gain confidence and have improved mental well-being.
Research has shown that music therapy can significantly improve and support the mood, alertness and engagement of people with dementia. As a result, music therapy sessions can often reduce the use of medication.
It can also help people who may find it difficult to communicate verbally, whether due to a physical or cognitive disability, emotional distress or mental illness.
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The Military Wives Choirs are a community of nearly 2000 women in 72 choirs across the UK and internationally. We come together to celebrate a love of singing and a communcal understanding that comes from our members’ shared experiences of the Armed Forces.
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Severn Hospice provides specialist care and emotional support for families in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales living with an incurable illness.
All our care is provided for free, but it is not without cost - we have to raise £2 for every £3 we spend.
It's because you care that we can.
We are delighted to be able to join with Doorstep Carols this Christmas.