Young People's Music Workshop

on Thursday, 22 January 2015.

We recently joined forces with local music maestros More Music to offer a free music workshop for young people affected by grief or loss. The three hour workshop took place on November 15th at More Music’s studio at Devonshire Road and gave local youngsters aged 11-16 the opportunity to develop their musical skills through singing, song writing, drumming and percussion, led by More Music Tutor Rachel Parsons.

CancerCare Young People's Therapist Rachel Walker was also on hand  to offer confidential 1-2-1 support should any participants require extra help during the session.More Music JPEG

Rachel Walker said, "We all really enjoyed the session. Not only was it was great fun but also very therapeutic for some of the young people, including their parents."

During the workshop, the young people composed, performed and recorded their very own song called 'Mon Amour' which was about one of the group members' experiences when her dad sadly passed away. 

The lyrics were very poignant - 'I had to say goodbye to my Dad and more, I had to say goodbye mon amour...'

Rachel added, "After the session one of the parents told me that the workshop had helped their son to open up about his feelings and it was the first time they'd seen them cry following the death of one of their relatives.  Although the session did cover some quite serious issues,  we did share lots of laughter and everyone said they'd love to come back for more!"

Emma Jan, Head of Client Services a CancerCare said, " The music workshop was something we’ve wanted to set up for a while to help us reach out to vulnerable youngsters struggling with life changing issues. I'm really glad the young people got something out of it as well as their parents. It was also great to work alongside More Music and we would definitely consider collaborating with them again on future projects."

You can listen to the recording of'Mon Amore' below: