Making Musical Bridges
This was a 6-week intergenerational music project bringing together a group of Year 5 and 6 children with 15 local care home residents and local music students from the Academy of Music, Guildford. IMM worked with the residents, children and students from ACM over a six week period. At the end of the project the children and residents had composed their own song which was then recorded in a studio and videoed.
This project promoted learning, well-being, skill enhancement for the ACM students and interactions beyond all participants social sphere. The intervention also produced new musical outcomes for participants and met all of its aims and objectives.
It was a highly successful project and since then, we have delivered over 400 Intergenerational Music Making projects.
Over the past few years, IMM have worked with local authorities, housing associations, care providers and others to deliver contracted or commissioned projects, large and small.
Here are some recent examples of commissioned projects:
Intergenerational Music Hubs
The Intergenerational Music Making Hub is a weekly session that aims to bring together the community in unique music making workshops.
A morning of musical expression, creativity, exploration and both personal and professional development facilitated through artistically driven activities. We are working alongside Age UK Surrey and ACM to promote wellbeing, community cohesion and to bridge the gap between generations through activities designed and led by music therapist, specialist artists, local musicians and university music students.
These hubs not only tackle loneliness and social isolation within our communities but also create partnerships to capture learning; offer immediate and long term opportunities for socialisation, volunteering and support and create links with local systems.
The training aims to inspire, equip and further embed the use of music and more specifically intergenerational practice in care, health, community and education settings. We are all facing unprecedented times and connection and communication are essential components to a positive wellbeing and mental health for all generations. The training will offer best practice toolkits for art facilitators and health and education professionals and also delves into how intergenerational practice, music and creativity can help shape and develop future practices.
We aim to help organisations and practitioners work towards reaching new audiences, creating partnerships and increasing their outreach to community, health and education sectors to make for a more inclusive and integrated delivery.
Intergenerational Musical Productions
Jungle Jive and our Christmas Singalong have been the first in our series of Intergenerational music concerts for 3 months to 100+ at the Electric Theatre, Guildford.
Bringing generations together through fun and interactive concerts. A series of intergenerational concerts bringing together local schools, colleges and care homes in Surrey and beyond.
Intergenerational Networking Event - The Royal Albert Hall
We were asked to lead the arts networking event in partnership with The Royal Albert Hall education. This was a one-day networking event welcoming musicians, AHP’s, those working in the health and education sector, music therapists, care home activity co-ordinators, care home managers, commissioners and nursery teachers. The day involved some wonderful speeches and an exclusive performance from our incredible intergenerational choir.