Chacewater Gig Supports Music Therapy

A concert of high energy folk music in Chacewater Village Hall  on 25 November raised £700 for the Cornwall Music Therapy  Trust. Four rousing Cornish bands brought the crowd of 160  to their feet and had them dancing joyfully to jigs, reels,  hornpipes and polkas together with belting out some great  Cornish songs. The line-up featured Davey & Dyer, Ma  Polaine’s Great Decline, Salt and Sky and the headline act  of 3 Daft Monkeys who ended the evening with their unique  brand of high-octane foot-stomping music. All bands  generously played for no fee.

Masterminded by Emma Packer, a music therapist from Par, the event supported a  charity which has supported music therapy in Cornwall since  2006. Music expresses emotions which are too powerful for  words – and for people who find communication difficult,  music can provide a window into the world of interaction and  can help change lives. The Cornwall Music Therapy Trust has  given over £300,000 for the provision of music therapy in  Cornwall and has launched many projects In special and  mainstream schools, work at Little Harbour Children’s  Hospice, the Children’s wards at the Royal Cornwall  Hospital and adult mental health venues across  Cornwall.

This concert joins an increasing list of events supporting music therapy. On 17  December the Duchy Singers and St Mewan Sinfonia are  performing Handel’s Messiah in St Mary’s Church  Penzance; on Sunday 18 December, Camerata Kernow are staging  a Christmas Candlelit Concert of Carols from 16th century to  modern day in support of music therapy at Roselidden near  Helston;  the Cadgwith Folk Festival in July 2017 will also  be supporting the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust.

The magic of music helping those in Cornwall who need it most!



Photo: Organiser Emma Packer hands over cheque to Robin Bates, representing the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust.