Seeing people’s journey from, “I can’t sing”, or “I could never do that!”, to performing in front of their friends at Caring For Life, is one of the privileges and joys of attending in-house concerts here at Crag House Farm. No one has to take part, but most want to, because here on the Music Project, they have finally “found their voice!”


Being part of the music can involve “tuning up” and “tuning in”, but not only in the musical sense. A vital outcome of the project is that of people learning to tune into how another person is feeling, sensing their nervousness, respecting them and praising them.


The Music Project provides opportunities for one-to-one support in learning to sing, read music or play a musical instrument such as the piano or marimba, as well as group options. Some people already have considerable musical skills, but have lost all confidence due to mental ill health or various crises in life. Building up confidence in a one-to-one setting often leads to people feeling able to join the singing or percussion groups.


Simple enjoyment of many different types of music is one outcome of the project. This may involve attending a local concert or operatic performance; something totally new to some. Learning to enjoy music, gaining confidence and finding an emotional outlet in music can lead to people finding more enjoyment in life itself.

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Patron: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO

Caring For Life is a registered Charity No. 1174982. Registered office at Crag House Farm, Otley Old Road, Cookridge, Leeds LS16 7NH.

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