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Vocal Beats Report Launch: Music-making for Hospitalised Young People

Date posted: 23 January 2021

Image shown: Vocal Beats External Evaluation Report Presentation 2020.

rb&hArts at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust have published an External Evaluation Report on Vocal Beats, a hospital-ward-based music project for children and young people aged 0-25 years old. 

Report authors Marion Friend MBE, Gráinne Hope of Kids’ Classics and Charlotte Wells, Specialist Paediatric Respiratory Physiotherapist, explored the project from the perspectives of youth voice and development, musician wellbeing and respiratory health outcomes.

Vocal Beats is a participatory music-making project for hospitalised children and young people at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, delivered by professional singer/songwriters and world champion beatboxers. Since its inception in 2015, it has continuously scaled up to offer further provision including a Youth Ambassadors programme and the Musicians in Healthcare Mentoring Programme. Based on the pioneering work of the Singing for Breathing programme by rb&hArts, there is potential for the work to support positive health outcomes in young respiratory patients.

View the report: https://network.youthmusic.org.uk/file/46978/download?token=UsgzzlUJ

In November 2020, rb&hArts held an online event to publicly launch the report. A recording of the event is now available via the rb&hArts YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/AB_nVENjhn8

For further information on the work of rb&hArts see
https://www.rbht.nhs.uk/about-us/our-charities-and-rbharts/arts

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