Song Surgery in the Lakes

Songs and poems are set to be the new pick-me-up at a trial ‘song surgery’ next month.

Prescription poems and remedial tunes will be handed out to anyone feeling under par or stressed out at the special surgery being held in the Lake District at Ambleside Parish Centre. Opera singer Bibi Heal will offer drop-ins a customised verse or soothing song for a range of maladies at the new initiative. It’s part of our pilot programme Watch This Space where people with wild ideas that had creativity and culture at their heart applied for support to stage a 48-hour pop-up showcase to try out their schemes. We then matched the idea with a place which could be used as a venue and teamed them up.

Bibi’s producer Jane Rice-Bowen said: “Whether someone has been made redundant or is feeling the stress of Christmas, Bibi will prescribe a spot of tailored music or poetry and give an intimate performance as an antidote.”

You can go and take part on 9 November at Ambleside Parish Centre.

Performing arts students from Bradford College will be out and about in the town on the day to promote the event as well as acting as ‘triage’ for personalised performances with Bibi.

The idea, which is also supported by Help Musicians UK, is in its research and development phase.

The Song Surgery will be open for drop-in consultations and prescriptions between 12.30pm and 4.30pm.

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