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
This year we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the programme. Between 9 – 20 October, we will host special performances in hospitals, care and community settings for family- across our four partner NHS Trusts. As part of this series of events, participants have been working with musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to create a showcase performance which aims to demonstrate 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 from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Through working together over the last 15 years, we have developed a programme which uses music to support, connect and benefit the health and wellbeing of individuals and families across the Liverpool City Region.
Our Music and Health programme creates pathways and progression routes including independent visits to Liverpool Philharmonic 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 15th anniversary, Liverpool Philharmonic and the University of Liverpool have published a report to present the significant findings regarding music improving the general health and wellbeing of individuals' in 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:
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Sat 30 December 2023 Various Times Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Relive the magic of Harry Potter’s wizarding world as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform John Williams’ iconic score alongside a screening of the film.