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Patients perform with musicians as Early Intervention Service team up with charity for music project

12 June 2018

CNWL’s Hillingdon and Harrow Early Intervention Service (EIS) has partnered with the charity Music in Detention, to bring music to patients at the Pembroke Centre in Hillingdon.

The service collaborated with the charity for weeks, to facilitate joint projects between its patients and professional musicians. It culminated with a performance at the centre last week.

Music in Detention, which typically connects detainees and community groups like young people, mental health services and schools with professional musicians, says that music can give people “a powerful way” of expressing their feelings, worries and hopes, as well as break down barriers.

Hussein Dilmohamed, an activity coordinator with the EIS organised the project, which saw several EIS patients joining in with professional musicians and composers to create and perform original music.

Harrow and Hillingdon EIS provides a range of support for people between ages 14 to 35 experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

The project was welcomed by both staff and patients who said that composing and performing with professional musicians boosted their self esteem, and gave them an opportunity to express themselves.

“I enjoyed all aspects of the music composition. I thought we all worked well with each other and exchanged different skills and we were given the opportunity to develop,” said one patient.

While another added, “I liked the way we worked as a team and developed skills together.”

Katherine Sims, Head Occupational Therapist for our Hillingdon Mental Health Services said the collaboration between the Trust and the charity was a great example of a working partnership that benefitted everyone.

“This joint project between EIS Hillingdon/Harrow and the charity Music in Detention has been a great example of partnership working. The final performance was both inspiring and moving, with all involved showing their enjoyment of working together. The musicians from the charity were so energised and clearly had been very supportive of everyone in the project. I feel the comments from the young people involved speak for themselves and Hussein from EIS has done a great job of leading this joint venture in the team,” said Katherine.

Staff sat in the audience for the live performance said it was moving: “It was great to see and hear such talent. The rap, music and lyrics were meaningful and thought provoking.”

The compositions will be available on Music in Detention’s website.






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