Music is a universal language and works best when shared.

“Music is what feeling sounds like. Music is what healing sounds like. It has the power to bring people back to life. I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it. It is powerful, and beautiful.” These inspirational words are taken from a letter written by a young woman called Alisha, a patient in a children’s hospital to her friends at the Melodic Caring Project.

The Melodic Caring Project (MCP) is a not-for-profit organisation set up by husband and wife team Levi and Stephanie Ware in Seattle, USA more than a decade ago, offering children and young people in hospital, isolated by their illness’ the opportunity to have live concerts streamed to their rooms free of charge.  The performers give shout outs and dedications throughout the show to the viewers who are called RockSTARS, the kids and their families can watch anonymously or participate in a live chat with other viewers all over the world.

We had the pleasure of having our Leeds Town Hall concert streamed around the globe via MCP to said RockSTARS or JazzSTARS as we renamed them for that particular evening.  Reading the comments and feedback from people in the UK and further afield after the show was mind-blowing, not to mention deeply touching.  As I am wont to say every week on my radio show, “Live music is the very best thing for you” it’s a statement I have always lived by and to have the opportunity to share the music we care about with an unexpected and receptive new audience is a truly wonderful thing.

MCP has only recently launched in the UK thanks to a hook up with James Marples, Marketing Manager of Chesterfield College in Derbyshire.  Media and Childhood Studies students work alongside MCP and Sheffield Children’s Hospital to shoot and stream the concerts, work is ongoing to establish links with other hospitals and hospices across the country.

It’s a win win situation, rewarding for the artists and children watching, but also the students filming our concert, who were a lovely bunch and very grateful to be a part of the project, they gave 100% in both skill and attitude.  Also let’s not forget the audience who paid to come to Leeds Town Hall and who played a massive role in creating a warm and noisy live atmosphere they too enjoyed being part of the process.  Music is a universal language and works best when shared.