Thank You … a donation in memory of Jon Hall

It’s always very difficult when we lose a family member, but it’s also uplifting to know that through such grief those left behind take the time to think of others and wish to leave a lasting legacy in memory of the loved one they’ve lost.  Such is the case with Nia and David Hall, parents of Jon Hall, who tragically passed away in May 2017.  Through collections from family and friends they presented MusicPlace North-West with a cheque for £1,605.54, in memory of their son, to contribute to the music therapy work we do here with children and adults through the universal language of music.

Below is a photograph of Jon, taken at The Roundhouse in London, and some background information about the man behind the music.

Jon Hall

JON HALL

Sound engineer, band manager, sometime trumpeter, cruise ship worker, record label owner, tour manager, van driver, Pinot Noir fanatic – Jon Hall changed between many different hats with a customary skill and humour.

Music in all its forms was his passion from very early on, be it ‘borrowing’ his dad’s Revox reel to reel for early local band recordings or DJing at weddings and wearing out his Come On Eileen single in the process.

From his bedroom, he would not only produce recordings, but also the artwork, print out inserts for tapes and CDs, write up all the credits and invent company names.  Merlin Music was the first and he and a friend and colleague recorded male voice choirs, young bands and music from Theatr Clwyd where they worked.

Jon turned his passion for music into a career and in 1997 he was one of the first cohort of students to graduate from LIPA.  After working in theatre for a while Jon decided to follow his passion for recording and live sound.  He then focussed most of his time managing bands, guiding his acts through album releases and UK & European tours, and also running his own independent record label.

Another company – Performance Technologies – brought great success installing and providing PAs in many venues and festivals throughout the country.

He was in demand as tour manager and sound engineer for many international artists including Brand New Heavies, Scroobius Pip, Sivu, Stealing Sheep, Money and many, many more.  In 2014 he mixed a show in front of 17,000 people in Earls Court.  It was the last gig to be held there before it was knocked down and thus laid claim to a place in the history books of music venues.

Alongside the touring Jon also helped mentor young bands through an education scheme and helped future generations of musicians to achieve their dreams.

Jon saw music and life as a heady mixture of creativity and adventure, but knew that there had to be a practical underpinning to enable both.  He put structures in place to support his fellow adventurers, and through this donation in his memory he is continuing to do so.

A fantastic host, Jon’s home became a centre of warmth and hospitality.  He always offered a place for anyone in need of a roof whether for the night or longer and his soirees were legend.

It was a hive of creativity and fun and love: three essential elements in all the greatest music.

Some songs are truly timeless.

Jon Hall

27 February 1978 – 20 May 2017

From Byrd to Bowie!

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Thank you Gaz

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A big thank you to local musician, entertainer and band leader Gaz Gaskell for generously donating £340 to MusicPlace North-West from a recent concert.

You can find out more about Gaz from his website : http://www.gazgaskell.com

Thank you again Gaz – we really appreciate your support.

Music Therapy week

The week beginning 22nd June is “Music Therapy Week”.

More information is available on the British Association of Music Therapy website:
Contact details:
British Association for Music Therapy
2nd Fl, 24-27 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PD
Tel: 020 7837 6100 Email: info@bamt.org Website: www.bamt.org

Well done Jennifer

Huge congratulations to Jennifer Davies for successfully completing the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday 14th June – and no stopping! So far Jennifer has raised an impressive £1,325.75 for the Music Therapy Project at Aintree Hospital’s Stroke Centre. IMG_4778Her hard work will help to keep these sessions going and enable more people to benefit from the healing power of music.  Thank you Jenn.

Here is a photo of a happy looking looking Jenn with her father at the end of the marathon.

Concert in the Crypt

We just wanted to say a very big ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part  in the Wirral Grammar School for Girls concert on April 24th.  As last year, it was a wonderful evening of music in a beautiful setting and it was obvious how much everyone enjoyed the concert, both the performers and the audience.

We are very grateful that Wirral Grammar School for Girls once again chose to raise funds for MusicPlace . Everyone was very generous and the retiring collection came to £343.80, which is fantastic.

Jennifer Davies running the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon

Exciting news!

Jennifer Davies, a Liverpool based Singer–Songwriter is going to run 26.2 miles in the Liverpool  Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on 14th June and is very kindly doing it on behalf of MusicPlace North-West. She is raising much needed funds for our Stroke Project at Aintree University hospital. We are very grateful to Jenn and wish her all the very best in her training, which we know will be very hard work! Many thanks also to all her supporters who have already started to give generously.

Go Jenn!!runner

If you would like to know more or want to make a donation please go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jenniferdaviesmusic

Stocks Hall

We were delighted last year when we received Lottery Funding to provide Music Therapy sessions for one day a week for a year at Stocks Hall Nursing Home in Ormskirk.

Residents are offered an opportunity to take part in weekly sessions aiming to draw the individual or group into communication through music, using improvised music or known songs. The power of music, especially singing, to unlock memories and help stimulate memory can make a significant difference in helping reduce the isolation, anxiety and depression that can be part of dementia and older age. Our connection to music can transport us back to our childhoods, or special moments in our lives, promoting memory and alleviating depression. When we listen to music we enjoy, the brain releases endorphins which can provide an uplifting effect. Listening to music, singing, playing instruments and moving to music can all improve the quality of life and social interaction of elderly people in nursing or palliative care.

Many elderly people living in care homes describe a feeling of having lost a sense of themselves or feeling as if they have no voice. Music therapy can combat feelings of powerlessness and offer an outlet for creativity and communication.
Gel Ball, Manager said “fun activities are a vital part of life and the addition of Music Therapy added to the tailored activities run at our home, allows us to encompass every aspect of wellbeing to ensure individual health and care needs are continually met. Music unites people like no language can’

Stroke project

The Music Therapy project at Aintree University Hospital Stroke Unit has now been running since June last year. There has been very good feedback from patients and staff. Further funding from the NHS Innovation Fund has been secured to extend this project for another 6 months.

 

Thank you

MusicPlace North-West says a big “Thank you” to everyone involved in the fantastic concert on 18th March – to all the performers, the staff of Wirral Grammar School for Girls, and especially James Sills. We gratefully acknowledge your fund raising skills and the audiences generosity with £272 banked from the collection on the night and a further donation from the profits still to come.

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