Social projects lie at the heart of Song in the City’s work, with Creative Madness in Song being the most exciting initiative to date. Launched in 2014 in collaboration with the The Maudsley Charity, the project saw young composition and singing students from the Guildhall School and King's College London collaborate with poets and singers who have experienced severe mental illness, working on transforming the patients’ words to music. Over several months, workshops provided an environment for mutual encounter and learning and occasions to celebrate the group’s creative achievements before sharing them in performances, including at Guy’s Hospital.
“The excitement in the patients before they left for this event and the atmosphere after they came back was frankly brilliant…Really wonderful thing to see when they are all individually going through difficult times.” Maudsley Hospital
Your support is vital in helping us achieve our aim of raising £8,000 in 2017 to continue the project and to increase awareness of both the genre of song and mental illness (Click here to read the latest piece in the Guardian). As little as £5 will contribute to some of the following areas:
£100: Creative writing workshop
£25: A coaching session for musicians and mental health patients
£550: Piano hire
£500: Documentation including film footage.