The Community Music Co-operative brings high quality music making into healthcare settings and community groups.
Music makes an excellent diversion from a stressful environment, a distraction from pain and suffering and can be a welcome break from a state of ill-being. It also provides opportunity for socially isolated people to feel part of their communities and for older folks and those living with dementia, to validate memories and bring meaning to their lives.
Robin Grey is a Sheffield based performer with an infectious joy for music. Over the years he has hosted the ukulele tent in the Glastonbury festival’s Kidz Field, run family jam workshops for The Pleasance Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, lead more pensioner sing-a-longs than you can shake a stick at and also worked with The Barbican, Metal Culture and recently ADEC Marketplace on their pioneering ACE Creative People and Places project in Mildenhall.
Amy Bowles is a guitarist and singer and has a MMus from Royal Northern College of Music in classical guitar performance. Amy is an active community musician in the North West and has worked at Stepping Hill, Northern General, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Eye Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s hospital, in care homes and hospices. Her work focuses on care for people with acute health issues and she has ICU and Neonatal residencies with the charity Music in Hospitals and Care. Amy is a empathetic and engaging musician who sees beyond the patient’s illness and she uses music to create meaningful connections with people in extremely stressful situations.
Ella Sprung is a folk fiddle player and singer based in Sheffield who has worked in schools, care homes, and hospitals as well as with children with additional needs. She also works for Live Music Now, Music in Hospitals and Care sharing accessible, responsive, and enlivening music to the people she works with. She is also part of the We Danced intergenerational dance and music project which brings together schoolchildren and care home residents in creative movement and music-making.