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Speakers announced for Sound Connections Early Years Conference 2018

The Creative Case; exploring the impact of music on health and well-being in early-childhood. 

This year’s conference, taking place on Wednesday 21 February at Stratford Circus, aims to explore connections between arts participation, health and wellbeing and spotlight and illustrate real stories and impact. Alongside our keynote, Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, researcher to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW), we are thrilled to announce the following contributors:

  • Sally Anne Donaldson, founder of Tea Dance for Little People and Creative Homes, organisations committed to improving the wellbeing of families in creative ways, which encourage a playful approach to home life and routine.
  • Marion Friend CBE, consultant in arts and education and a life coach, mentor and facilitator with a particular interest in career development, and in supporting individuals to explore and reach their potential.
  • Vanessa King, London Early Years Music Network core member and early years music leader for London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Janet Leigh from Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Critical Care Team.
  • Jo Stockdale, Programme Director and Trainer at Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre and evaluation partner evaluating Wishing Well interactions with children and families at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.
  • Rb&hArts, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital’s innovative arts programme. Stratford Circus, our host arts venue and delivery lead on The Acorn Project, a strategic early years arts programme in Newham and Barking and Dagenham.
  • Dr Alison Street’s extensive experience in early years music spans over 30 years. Her doctoral research focused on mother-infant singing interactions. She is a member of MERYC (Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children).
  • David McKenny and Jo Danks from Pulse Arts; a community interest company delivering person-centred music practice with patients, their families and hospital staff.
  • Jo White, Project Manager at Wishing Well. Wishing Well works in partnership with NHS trusts and charities across the South East to bring live interactive Music for Wellbeing into hospitals and hospices.

*Watch this space for more exciting announcements.*

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