Musicians from London’s best orchestras joined staff and supported children for our annual Festival of Music in August, and celebrated ten years of music therapy at our hospices.
The event, which took place over three days at Christopher’s, saw supported children at the hospice celebrate the 10th anniversary by enjoying two days of workshops composing their own piece of music, which culminated in a grand performance at the hospice on the final day in front of proud families and staff.
The Festival of Music is led by musicians and composers who are a regular fixture in London’s top orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since its launch in 2006, the Festival of Music has been invaluable to families as they get a rare chance to see their children contribute to a professional performance. The event is particularly beneficial for children supported by Shooting Star Chase who have difficulty communicating as music enables them to express themselves.
Shooting Star Chase’s Music Therapist, Vicky Kammin, said: “The Festival of Music is so important in giving our supported children an experience they may never have had before and it’s fantastic someone who struggles to communicate suddenly has control over an entire piece of music. It’s particularly special for the families who watch the performance – the parents are always beaming with pride afterwards when they see what their child has achieved.”