Live Music Now

Kingfisher has been chosen to host a Music Residency (Fellowship) in conjunction with Live Music Now.  This is national charity that recruits and supports the most talented early career performers to deliver concerts, workshops and projects in a range of community settings including special schools. The sessions the musician offers the children aims to provide enjoyable musical experiences, support their musical development and general wellbeing.

Kingfisher’s Musician in Residency is Alice Phelps.

In 2016 Live Music Now launched a major new training initiative designed to equip musicians with the skills and experience to perform for and work with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  Over the first two years of the programme 64 musicians have taken part in 10 group training days, 82 observation sessions and have delivered 534 core sessions. They have worked with 1202 young people and 543 school staff from 34 different schools across the UK.

Level 3 – the “LMN SEND Fellowship Programme” – provides a unique opportunity for selected individual LMN musicians to embed themselves in a special school for a year to support and enrich the music provision, and develop themselves as confident SEND music leaders.

Alice is a double bassist, singer and occasional ukulele twiddler from Manchester. She started playing the double bass as soon as she was tall enough to carry it around, and loves the range of musical opportunities it affords her; from symphonic orchestral and chamber music to folk, jazz, pop and beyond.

Alice gigs with function and original bands across the north and in London, plays with Manchester’s Kaleidoscope Orchestra and Untold Orchestra and the London ensemble Street Orchestra. In 2019/20 Alice was accepted onto the prestigious Trainee Music Leader Scheme, run by Spitalfields Music in partnership with Orchestras Live, and now works on collaborative community projects alongside orchestras such as The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Manchester Camerata.

Alice is also the musical director of the Bradford Friendship Choir, a joyful singing group that welcomes people seeking asylum/refugee status and their friends. Alice believes that live music is a human right that should be afforded and accessible to everyone, and is thrilled to be this years’ Live Music Now musician in residence at Kingfisher.

So far at Kingfisher, Live Music Now have made some amazing progress with the children. The children listen and respond to live music played by Alice, almost creating a musical conversation between the child and the musician. The responses from the children are so delicate and wonderful. In the video below you can see how the children look, listen, touch and vocalise as the music encompasses them.