Rhythmix works with vulnerable people across the South-East of England including children and young people (in care, with disabilities, with mental health problems, in hospital and hospices), and older people with dementia.
Rhythmix’s musical leadership team of 30 freelance musicians through a series of National Lottery grants, worth more than £250,000, visited venues across the South East. They transform around 1,500 lives every year through music.
Rhythmix's Wishing Well programme delivers weekly, interactive music sessions across five NHS Trusts in Sussex. Musicians bring live, interactive music making to the bedsides of children and older people spending long periods in hospitals and healthcare settings. Patients are played sounds that soften invasive noises of hospital wards and are given instruments to express themselves.
“My heart skips a beat when I hear the Musicians on the ward because I know Liam will get a moment of real quality interaction. The project makes all the difference to our stay”
Chrissie, talking about her son Liam (Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton).
Rhythmix's recent Mentoring programme benefitted young people in challenging circumstances including looked after children, travellers and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Music Mentoring gave them the opportunity to use music making to enhance life chances.
Following mentoring, one young person secured a place at the prestigious BRIT school. She said: “I want to be out there, hearing things, seeing things and creating things, and my mentor has been the first person in my life that has actually helped me to do this.”