New Film Documenting our Work at Great Ormond St Hospital

We are delighted to share our new film, made in partnership with GOSH Arts at Great Ormond St Hospital. The film was made over a period of 3 months in 2016, and documents our ongoing work at the hospital. We are grateful to both GOSH Arts and Arts Council England for giving us a fantastic platform to develop our practice. A huge thanks to all the patients and staff featured in the film. 

Happy New Year from Pulse Arts CIC!

We've had a fantastic 2016, delivering over a hundred sessions in hospitals in London and Essex, having our work featured in national and local press and expanding to 3 regular delivery programmes. Thank you to every patient, family member and staff member that has played music with us this year! A huge thank you also to our partners and supporters who make this work possible. 

We move into 2017 with continued sessions at Great Ormond St, Evelina London and Broomfield Hospitals and exciting developing partnerships with new musicians and arts organisations in London and beyond! 

Happy New Year from everybody at Pulse Arts CIC!

Early Years Music in Hospitals: A visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital by Linda Bance.

We were joined by Specialist in Early Years Music Education, Linda Bance for an afternoon at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Linda is mentoring us as part of the LEYMN Early Years Apprenticeship with Sound Connections. This is proving a great opportunity to develop our work with this age group. We have already discovered so many great songs, methods and ideas that we can adapt to our work making music on hospital wards.

Here is Linda's blog on her observations.

Thanks Linda for your thoughtful insights on working with young children and babies, your encouragement and your positivity!

My visit to GOSH with David and Joe.

I made a visit to observe Pulse Arts at work with the patients of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Upon my arrival, I was met by David and Joe. Once we had cleaned the instruments we made our way on to the many wards that make up the children’s hospital.  I know from experience that it is not easy to just turn up as the music person and play music.  You are never sure about the response you will get. David and Joe were very aware of this and thought deeply about their approach before each visit. We met enthusiastic children and parents who wanted to know about the music. They benefited from the beautiful songs that were sung. They joined in singing and improvised on both tuned and untuned percussion. The response from parents, staff and children was positive and heartening. Songs were sung in many languages, styles and each seemed to match the situation perfectly.

The highlight of the afternoon for me was when David suggested that we go to a ward where he could hear crying. We arrived to find a small child of about 4 years old very poorly. The mood in the room was fraught. Father stroking the child’s legs frantically while the mother strokes the child’s head trying to stop the crying. They looked so worried. It was surely a normal thing that the parents just wanted their children to feel better. David and Joe stood on the edge of this scene. They began to play quietly, rhythmically and sensitively. To begin with it seemed wrong to be contributing to the noise and stress of the moment but then something magical happened. The father and mother both began to calm their stroking to match the pulse of the music. Things calmed, the little one stopped crying and the staff came to monitor the situation.  I was overwhelmed by this scene. Could music really have done this? It allowed the parents almost subconsciously to use the movement of the music to aid the situation. They were smiling again. What a wonderful afternoon I had shadowing these two sensitive and expert musicians.

It is worth saying that the work associated with music in the early years is most appropriate in this setting, they are certainly working with families living with challenging circumstances. This work is crucial to wellbeing and I am hopeful that they will be able to make a presentation of their work at the LEYMN Conference on March 6th.

Linda Bance

Special thanks goes to Caroline Moore at GOSH Arts for ensuring Linda could join us on wards and for hosting Linda so well on the day.

2016/17 Project at Evelina London

We are thrilled to announce a new 30 week Music In Health project at Evelina London in partnership with Breathe AHR. This project will see us take interactive Music In Health Practice into the hospital once a week until July 2017 and is the outcome of a thriving organisational partnership between Breathe AHR and Pulse Arts. 

Pulse Arts CIC and Breathe AHR are grateful to Children In Need for supporting this project making a positive impact on the experience of young people receiving short and long term healthcare at Evelina London (Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust). 

Music in Health Opportunity with Pulse Arts CIC

We are looking for a new musician with experience in Music In Health Practice to join our small and dedicated team. They will deliver at our partner hospitals: Evelina London and Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

Working alongside Pulse Arts musicians, you will make music on children’s and adult wards, including specialist dementia, burns and intensive care units.

The delivery will be on regular days each week, but in rotation with other practitioners, averaging between 1.5 - 2.5 days per week.

Repertoire and programme development days will help integrate you into our team, alongside CPD opportunities geared towards your own professional development as a Music in Health Practitioner.

Alongside the delivery of practice, we expect the successful applicant to be motivated to continue and further our programmes of work by being involved in planning and development meetings and contributing to fundraising campaigns.

Pulse Arts is passionate about advocating for the value of Music In Health Practice locally and nationally. As well as being a fantastic and sensitive musician, you will have a desire to further the field of Music in Health and expand the ever growing Music In Health network.

For more information and to apply, please click for the full Job Description and Application Form.

The deadline for applications is noon on 10th October. 

Shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited to an interview and audition on Tuesday 1st or Thursday 3rd November.




Evaluation of Pilot at Broomfield Hospital

Between January and March 2016 we delivered a pilot programme of work on children's wards at Broomfield Hospital. The evaluation of this project was conducted by Sarah Bedell (Aspirational Arts Partnerships) who offer practical advice, support, capacity building and project development for creative individuals and businesses, educators and arts development teams.

You can read the finished evaluation here. 

We are currently in the process of fundraising for a new long term project at Broomfield Hospital, that will work across adult's and children's wards.

Joe & David Interviewed On Hospital Radio Chelmsford

In March 2016, Pulse Arts was contacted by Hospital Radio Chelmsford who were interested in out work at Broomfield Hospital. We were delighted to be interviewed by Eric Smart, a regular presenter on the network. We hope you enjoy listening to the show below where we play some music and talk about our project at Broomfield Hospital. 

You can find out more about Hospital Radio Chelmsford on their Twitter and Facebook

Pulse Arts Featured in Chelmsford Weekly News

Our project at the Broomfield Hospital has been featured by Chelmsford Weekly News. They came to observe us working in The Broomfield Hospital and observed our practice during a busy Phlebotomy Clinic. Read The Article Here.

Pulse Arts Musicians featured in The Independent as part of GOSH Charity Appeal.

On Wednesday this week we were shadowed by a journalist and photographer from The Independent, and a filmmaker from London Live. They spent an hour with us, talking about our work as part of Go Create! and filmed us making music on Eagle Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

If you didn't manage to see the article in The Independent on Sunday, the article is available to read online here, where it is accompanied by a short film. 

Our work at GOSH has been generously funded by Go Create! and Arts Council England as part of a year long project to embed Music in Healthcare Practice into the hospital.