Live Music Now Scotland announces programme for Wellbeing Month in July

Live Music Now Scotland announces programme for Wellbeing Month in July

Aves o'May

Community outreach organisation will stream daily concerts via YouTube with a focus on improving wellbeing

For many of us, staying connected to our favourite musicians, artists, creative groups and more has been an extremely important part of lockdown, providing some sense of normalcy to a situation that is stressful at the best of times. And with organisations continuing to launch initiatives for this very purpose, the impact of the arts on our mental wellbeing has never been more clear.

Live Music Now Scotland are one such organisation, having launched a series entitled Together at Home at the very start of lockdown, with the aim of sharing a programme of brand new concerts with their varied audience, whether that be older people in care homes or children in school or nursery. Since its launch in March, the series has had excellent feedback across the board but now, Live Music Now Scotland are pleased to announce that the series will be extended throughout July for its 'Wellbeing Month'.

With additional support from the Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund, the national outreach charity is commissioning 16 pre-recorded video concerts from its pool of outstanding emerging artists, with a focus throughout July on improving wellbeing, particularly for older people in care and those living in social isolation.

Beginning on Thu 2 Jul, four videos will be released each week during July, with the full schedule available as a playlist on LMN Scotland's YouTube channel.

Carol Main MBE, Director of Live Music Now Scotland, said: 'During these still uncertain times, Live Music Now Scotland musicians continue to do what they do best – connecting with people of all ages and circumstances through sharing the joy and pleasure of music. While it is not possible to visit care homes and day centres in person at the moment, the impact of our work is now reaching residents, service-users and staff online. The musicians' engaging personalities and presentational style, sometimes with audience participation, ensure that the power of music as integral to wellbeing remains part of our everyday lives.'

Live Music Now Scotland's Wellbeing Month Schedule

Thu 2 Jul: Sophie Rocks, classical harpist, 11am
Fri 3 Jul: Iona Fyfe & Luc McNally, traditional Scottish voice & guitar duo, 11am
Sun 5 Jul: Jamie MacDonald & Nicky Kirk, traditional Scottish violin & acoustic guitar duo, 7pm
(funded by the Royal Celtic Society)
Tue 7 Jul: Prismatic Winds, classical wind quintet, 11am
Thu 9 Jul: Jacopo Lazzaretti, classical acoustic guitarist, 11am
Fri 10 Jul: New Antonine Brass, classical brass quintet, 11am
Sun 12 Jul: Josie Duncan & Hamish Macleod, traditional Scottish song & guitar duo, 7pm (funded by the Royal Celtic Society)
Tue 14 Jul: Siannie Moodie, clarsach player, 11am
Thu 16 Jul: Sirocco Winds, classical wind trio, 11am
Fri 17 Jul: Eddie Seaman, piper, 11am
Sun 19 Jul: New Antonine Brass, classical brass quintet, 7pm
Tue 21 Jul: Abigail Young & Nick Lauener, classical violin & piano duo, 11am
Thu 23 Jul: Leila Marshall, classical flautist, 11am
Fri 24 Jul: Aves o'May, traditional Scottish fiddle & clarsach duo, 11am
Sun 26 Jul: Eddy Betancourt & Valerie Barr, violin & accordion duo, 7pm
Tue 28 Jul: Prismatic Winds, classical wind quintet, 11am
Thu 30 Jul: Gráinne Brady, traditional Scottish fiddler, 11am
Fri 31 Jul: Sirocco Winds, classical wind trio, 11am

Watch the concerts daily at youtube.com/livemusicnowscotland

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