Live Music Now , 40 years old this year, works with a very diverse range of people that rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live music – some of whom are very disadvantaged. They often face difficulties in communicating, cut off from the joy and pleasures of participating and sharing with others. LMN’s approach to overcoming these barriers is through the quality of their musicians and the way they deliver their music.
The sessions for elderly people in Pembrokeshire were part of the Gwanwyn Festival in July 2017, funded by Age Cymru. They were so successful that LMN funded another week with care home residents in August. The resulting song “I’ve Got Soul” features residents singing the chorus and playing percussion, with John performing the verses which speak of the challenges of old age whilst celebrating the heart and passion that remains even when bodies may fail us.
Residents mental and emotional health improved as a result of the project, as it provided them with a voice to share their thoughts and feelings. The inclusive nature of the loop pedal and percussion elements allowed everyone to take part regardless of ability.
Chair of the Assembly’s Cross Party Group on Arts and Health, Eluned added, “A great example of arts and health in action is Live Music Now’s charity single “I’ve Got Soul” by singer/songwriter John Nicholas who performs as John Llewellyn. John led music-making workshops with elderly residents in several care homes across Pembrokeshire and they had a fantastic time!”
LMN was founded by legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin and his friend, LMN Founder Chairman, Ian Stoutzker CBE.
The charity single “I’ve Got Soul” is available with video via online stores: http://cdbaby.com/cd/johnllewelyn