Music is a powerful medium that can affect us all deeply. There are many ways in which we engage with music, this could be playing in a band, singing in a choir or simply listening to music. Music helps us connect with ourselves and others around us. It can calm or excite us; it can stir memories and resonate with our feelings. It’s a way in which we can communicate with ourselves and each other.

Some of the benefits music can have on our mental health:

  • Music releases dopamine, which is the ‘feel-good’ chemical in your brain. A study by Mind showed that dopamine was up by 9% when volunteers listened to music they enjoyed.
  • It can improve brain performance.
  • It can improve mood and motivation.
  • It may help you sleep better.
  • It can improve endurance and performance.

 Live Music Event


Grab a ticket to a relaxing live music evening on 26th March from 8pm. Live vocals and acoustic guitar played by musician Mae Bradbury. Suggested minimum donation £5. Any donations made will go to supporting veterans of the emergency services, many of whom are also veterans of the armed forces. Thank you so much for your support! 
Take a sneak peak!

 Guided Drawing to Music Exercise

Connect with your creative self and have a go at our guided drawing to music exercise, created by a music professional.

Give the exercise a try!


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Rules and regulations

  • We value your attendance. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organisers.
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