In 2021, Spitalfields Music collaborated with experts in music and wellness methodologies, Mindful Music, and Engines Orchestra, an award-winning cross-genre ensemble with composer and educator Raph Clarkson to create a special project with two primary schools in Tower Hamlets in London. Blending creative music making and mindfulness, the project helped raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental wellbeing by supporting participants to explore and experience their feelings.
We want to share the fantastic music and activities on the project for families, children and adults to support mental health and wellbeing for everyone.
On this page you’ll find three short mindful music exercises to try. They are suitable for all ages, and were created by Martha, Joe and Susanne from Mindful Music combined with original music composed by Raph Clarkson.
Mindfulness terminology and teachings including ‘Island of the Self’ and What is Your Weather’ are inspired by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, a global community of mindfulness practice centres.