Leadership Workshop with Peter Hanke and Paul Hedley


Young Artist Musical Ambassadors (YAMA)

Musical Leadership Programme


The Music Mind Spirit Trust (MMST) is delighted to announce the success of their grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.

As part of the award, MMST is working collaboratively with BBC Music Day to help bring music to everyone in the UK living with dementia through the power of music to inspire, to bring us together to make a positive impact.  

MMST’s Moving Memories Dementia Concerts, a series of intergenerational ‘Musically Attuned Performances’ (MAPs) will be presented in London, West Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Dorset and in the USA throughout BBC Music Day Week from 23 September to 1 October (International Day of Older Persons) by SongTrees Young Artist Musical Ambassadors (YAMA) of the Music Mind Spirit Trust.


The YAMA Programme is being led by its core group of SongTrees' young musical leaders from the Junior Academy, Royal Academy of Music.


To see the YAMA Celebratory Launch concert, please click on the following link:




YAMA News & Events:


In an exciting new partnership with Bookham & Harrison’s Milk Churn (The Guardian’s ‘Top 10 Places to Eat in the Country’), a special Moving Memories event will take place on BBC Music Day on Thursday, 26th September from 2-3.30 pm for members of the public, including those living with dementia, carers and family members. Specially selected bespoke live music by UK’s popular singer-songwriter and Professional YAMA Mentor Calista Kazuko and talented Young Artist Musical Ambassadors, plus personalised recorded music by X-System’s cutting-edge technology will feature musical choices of the residents of Cranleigh’s Cedar Court Care Home. Disabled access is available at the Milk Churn’s delightful ‘Parlour’, where guests will be able to enjoy their award-winning Sussex Charmer cheese on toast during a musical journey down Memory Lane. Calista Kazuko has been described as “Nostalgic musicality with a gritty edge, sophisticated and innovative” (Get in Her Ears); “An undoubted talent” (Sir George Martin); “Darkly alluring, chic sonic bliss” (Fame Magazine).

As seating will be limited for this Horsham Year of Culture 2019 Festival Moving Memories event, places can be reserved in advance through the Milk Churn www.bookhamharrison.co.uk  .


There will also be a celebratory VIP event hosted by the Milk Churn on Sunday 29 September at 4.30 pm with MMST’s Young Artist Musical Ambassadors from the Royal Academy of Music. Proceeds will benefit music and dementia, health and wellbeing research.


MMST and the Royal Academy of Music will be presenting a public workshop for the Young Artist Musical Ambassadors led by RAM’s Open Academy and dementia specialist, Prof Julian West, on Saturday 28 September from 5.30-7.30 pm. The young musicians are being trained to go into protected environments such as care homes and hospices.


On Sunday 29 September at 2 pm, Young Artist Musical Ambassadors will present an interactive music session for residents and those living with dementia at Cedar Court Care Home in Cranleigh.


There will be an MMST Moving Memories dementia concert in Dorset on Tuesday 24 September at 3.30 pm. Internationally acclaimed guitarist Samantha Muir and Young Professional YAMA Lara Taylor will perform their popular duos for residents, caregivers, families and friends at Eastbury House Residential Home in Sherborne.

To mark the end of the 2019 Music Week, Moving Memories events by Young Artist Musical Ambassador Elizabeth Nurse will be held for the residents of Stonehill House and general public in Haddenham, culminating on International Day for Older Persons on 1st October. Elizabeth is the 1st female Lay Clerk at Christ Church, Oxford.


The Music Mind Spirit Trust is extremely grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund, Arts Council England, X-System Ltd and commercial sponsors Bookham & Harrison for their invaluable support and assistance in making the above events possible.


X-System predicts human responses to music, in particular enlivenment and mood, and creates playlists in any chosen repertoire to lead listeners gently and naturally from one state of mind and body to another of their choice. Selected Music Week performances will feature  bespoke music playlists in favourite repertoires that are helping residents in care homes through the day (for example, getting going in the morning and supporting daily activities such as enjoying their mealtimes, exercising and preparing for sleep at night), thanks to Prof Nigel Osborne’s innovative work with the residents of Cedar Court, Cranleigh and Stonehill House, Haddenham.  


On the international stage, BBC Music Week will be acknowledged in Spokane, Washington (USA), via a new Trans-Atlantic dialogue between SongTrees Young Artist Musical Ambassadors (YAMAs) of the Music Mind Spirit Trust and Holy Names Music Centre, in partnership with Spokane Public Libraries. To show their support for Music Day on 26th September at Riverview Terrace, one of Spokane’s leading assisted-living community centres, the young musicians will be raising awareness about dementia as they enrich people’s lives globally, irrespective of age or place, through their research and performances. 


MMST's Young Artist Musical Ambassadors (core group from the Royal Academy of Music) work alongside talented young musical leaders from Kuumba Youth Music (its lead BAME cohort) and other outstanding young musicians from the UK, as well as with its new lead international cohort, SongTrees YAMA in Spokane, WA, USA.


New career paths are being developed through personalised mentorship links with professionals from the Royal Academy (and other conservatoires), Live Music Now, Inspiring Purpose (Creative Scotland) and VOCES Academy (UK & Denmark).

The Programme is strongly underpinned by robust scientific expertise with partners X-System Ltd (Prof Nigel Osborne CTO) and the University of Oxford (Dr Lyudmila Nurse) to promote the benefits of music on health and well-being within the community.





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