SongTrees ‘Young Artist Musical Ambassadors’ (YAMA) Programme

We are grateful to have received #NationalLottery funding for our Young Artist Musical Ambassadors, who will be creating lasting ‘Moving Memories’ for all generations within the community. Please read about our latest news and forthcoming events below:

NEWS & EVENTS: (Please note that places are limited for the 26th September performance at The Milk Churn, Bookham and Harrison Farms, Rudgwick. Places can be booked by emailing [email protected] )

The Music Mind Spirit Trust (MMST) is delighted to announce the success of their grant application to the National Lottery Community Fund.

As part of the award, MMST is working collaboratively with BBC Music Day to help bring music to everyone in the UK living with dementia through the power of music to inspire, to bring us together and make a positive impact.

A series of intergenerational ‘Musically Attuned Performances’ (MAPs) will be presented in London, West Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Dorset throughout BBC Music Day Week from 23 September to 1 October (International Day of Older Persons) by Young Artist Musical Ambassadors (YAMA) of the Music Mind Spirit Trust.

In an exciting new partnership with Bookham & Harrison’s Milk Churn (The Guardian’s ‘Top 10 Places to Eat in the Country’), a special Moo-ving Memories event featuring London’s popular singer-songwriter and YAMA Mentor Calista Kazuko and Young Artist Musical Ambassadors will be held on BBC Music Day on Thursday, 26th September from 2-3.30 pm for members of the public, including those living with dementia, carers and family members. Specially selected bespoke live and personalised recorded music by X-System’s cutting-edge technology will feature musical choices of the residents of Cranleigh’s Cedar Court Care Home. Disabled access is available at the Milk Churn’s delightful ‘Parlour’, where guests will be able to enjoy their award-winning Sussex Charmer cheese on toast during a musical journey down Memory Lane.

As seating will be limited, places can be reserved in advance by emailing [email protected] .

There will also be a celebratory VIP event hosted by the Milk Churn in October at 4.30 pm with MMST’s Young Artist Musical Ambassadors from the Royal Academy of Music. Proceeds will benefit music and dementia, health and wellbeing research. Both Milk Churn events are part of the Horsham Year of Culture 2019 Festival.

MMST and the Royal Academy of Music will be presenting a public workshop for the Young Artist Musical Ambassadors led by RAM’s Open Academy and dementia specialist, Prof Julian West, on Saturday 28 September from 5.30-7.30 pm. The young musicians are being trained to go into protected environments such as care homes and hospices.

On Sunday 29 September at 2 pm, Young Artist Musical Ambassadors will present an interactive music session for residents and those living with dementia at Cedar Court Care Home in Cranleigh.

There will be an MMST Moving Memories dementia concert in Dorset on Tuesday 24 September at 3.30 pm. Internationally acclaimed guitarist Samantha Muir and Young Professional YAMA Lara Taylor will perform their popular duos for residents, caregivers, families and friends at Eastbury House Residential Home in Sherborne.

To mark the end of the 2019 Music Week, Moving Memories events by Young Artist Musical Ambassador Elizabeth Nurse will be held for the residents of Stonehill House and general public at the popular café ‘Tickety Brew’ in Haddenham (Banks Parade HP17 8ED) on International Day for Older Persons on 1st October. Elizabeth is the 1st female Lay Clerk at Christ Church, Oxford.

The Music Mind Spirit Trust is extremely grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund, Arts Council England, X-System Ltd and commercial sponsors Bookham & Harrison for their invaluable support and assistance in making the above events possible.

X-System predicts human responses to music, in particular enlivenment and mood, and creates playlists in any chosen repertoire to lead listeners gently and naturally from one state of mind and body to another of their choice. Selected Music Week performances will feature bespoke music playlists in favourite repertoires that are helping residents in care homes through the day (for example, getting going in the morning and supporting daily activities such as enjoying their mealtimes, exercising and preparing for sleep at night), thanks to Prof Nigel Osborne’s innovative work with the residents of Cedar Court, Cranleigh and Stonehill House, Haddenham.

On the international stage, BBC Music Week will be celebrated in Spokane, Washington (USA), via a new Trans-Atlantic dialogue between SongTrees Young Artist Musical Ambassadors (YAMAs) of the Music Mind Spirit Trust and Holy Names Music Centre, in partnership with Spokane Public Libraries. To show their support for Music Day on 26th September at Riverview Retirement Community, one of Spokane’s leading assisted-living centres, the young musicians will be raising awareness about dementia as they enrich people’s lives globally, irrespective of age or place, through their research and performances.

(General background info: BBC Music Day celebrates the power of music to change lives with events across the UK and broadcasts on TV, Radio and digital. Last year BBC Music Day programmes reached over 13 million viewers on TV, 14 million on radio and trended on Twitter throughout the day. The initiative united 100 external partners who delivered over a thousand live music events, which featured in over 100 different BBC programmes with Ambassadors including Kylie, Nile Rodgers and Blossoms; ).


The Music Mind Spirit Trust’s YAMA (Young Artist Musical Ambassadors) Programme equips 11-25 year old musicians to perform in protected environments by developing their musical and interpersonal skills.

In this intergenerational mentorship project, the YAMAs (core group from the Royal Academy of Music) are trained by Nigel Osborne, Chika Robertson, Julian West, Live Music Now and other professional organisations to reinvigorate the lives of care home residents, staff and families through regular music sessions. Bespoke recorded music between sessions uses cutting edge digital technology through its ground-breaking partner organisation X-System Ltd to aid musical/scientific research and practice.

Collective MAPs (Musically Attuned Performances) are created via live community performances to create lasting ‘Moving Memories’.

Please click here to see the YAMA celebratory launch concert.

The Music Mind Spirit Trust incorporates uniquely designed programmes dedicated to enabling both young talented and experienced professional musicians to develop and refresh their musical gifts to enhance their creative potential.

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Example Programme from a SongTrees Summer School:

Day 1

10 am   meet for registration and coffee / tea / juice

10.30    physical / mental warm-ups for violinists, sight-reading and technique building session with Chika Robertson

11         tuition and rehearsal with resident accompanist, Sarah Pickering;

video and recording programme in Shelley’s Barn; plus

30 min. workshops in the Little Barn with professional eurhythmy practitioner Christina Sahin and

30 min. vocal workout classes in the New Residential Suite with vocal coach and performer Jenny Hansell.

1 pm      lunch

2           tuition and rehearsal with resident accompanist; instrumental individual / group sessions;

vocal workout classes plus song-writing with singer songwriter Calista Robertson and programme

research preparation sessions with Rebecca Constandine.

4           tea

4.15      solo Bach class by Paul Robertson in Shelley’s Barn

5.15      chamber / ensemble rehearsals and programme presentation session

6.15      swimming, art and recreation

7.00      dinner

8.00-9.30   Great Players’ Film Footage in Shelley’s Barn, followed by

private / group rehearsals, plus optional song-writing and art sessions.


Day 2

9.30 am breakfast

10           violin warm-ups, sight-reading and technique building session;

10.30      one-to-one sessions and coaching with resident accompanist; instrumental individual / group sessions; plus eurythmy  workshops and vocal workout classes.

11           break

11.15      one-to-one sessions and coaching with resident accompanist; instrumental individual / group sessions; eurhythmy workshops; vocal workout classes and song-writing sessions.

12.45      seating rehearsal / sound check

1 pm        lunch

2             solo Bach and free repertoire performance class with Paul and Chika Robertson

3.00        workshop by eminent musician and author Paul Harris (guests welcome)

3.30        break / concert preparation

3.45        teatime performance (guests welcome)

5.00        tea

5.30        special session with Roger Press, founder and CEO of

‘How New Technologies are Shaping Musical Careers Today’

6.00         close

Participants were able to contribute to special focus group sessions for the international music research project SongTrees with esteemed sociologist, Dr Lyudmila Nurse, during the course.