Its been a busy couple of months; Narrating Max Richter’s Blue Notebooks on tour in Athens at the spectacular Odeon of Herodes Atticus ampitheatre on the acropolis Athens has been a career highlight. Changemakers in Health – our short film for the World Health Organisation has now been released (see below). And I was delighted to work on a project for CHIVA (Childrens HIV charity) working with young people to create a musical performance telling their stories of lived experiences of growing up with HIV.
Performing in the stunning ancient ampitheatre on the Acropolis in Athens, just beneath the Parthenon was a career highlight for me. The magical atmosphere as the night drew in and the moon and the stars rose in the sky, with the cicadas singing in the trees. And the deep sense of history that this place exudes.
Back on tour with Max Richter’s Blue Notebooks in Madrid and Barcelona, and in yet another spectacular venue – Palau de la Musica Catalana. The Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Its like being inside an extraordinarily ornate chocolate box, and it was a real thrill to perform there.
It was magical to all be singing together again after such a long enforced break. The atmosphere was amazing and the harmonies beautiful. There’s nothing quite like all singing together….
It was a pleasure to work with CHIVA (Childrens HIV Association) again and to have the opportunity to help a group of about 10 young adults to tell their stories of living with HIV through music, dance and drama. Their creativity in writing song lyrics, improvising scripts, and choreographing dance is impressive and their stories are powerful. It is always humbling to witness their talent and bravery in sharing them.
Life Growing Up – our spoken work storytelling piece telling the stories of young people in the UK growing up with HIV – was performed to MPs, researchers, activists and invited audience to celebrate the launch of a brilliant educational toolkit developed by young people at CHIVA (Children’s HIV Charity UK) as part of an initiative to end HIV stigma.
This 15 minute storytelling film weaves together stories from individuals and groups in health intentionally leading change. It reveals some of the many ways that these changemakers have managed to significantly impact their health care environments and improve health outcomes, often through relatively small, local interventions. From improving patient safety and reducing patient harm, to promoting community health and introducing compassion in health leadership – these stories offer insights into how change can be ignited from the inside out, by anyone at any level of a health system. Policy makers, funders and researchers must connect head and heart and invest in solutions developed by people and for people. This article explains it in more detail.
I was honoured to narrate a performance of Max’s new album VOICES at the Warwick Arts Centre. Inspired by the International Declaration of Human Rights, this was a powerful and emotional evening; our thoughts with the people of Ukraine. Reviewed here.
We were so delighted to have talented young film maker Ella Vincenzi as part of the team on our project for WHO. She documented the process and has made a lovely short film of our journey. It was great to reflect on the process while we were going through it and was a really helpful way of bringing perspective to any challenges as well as constantly connecting us back to our core purpose in making it. Click here to see the film.
Great to see the film coming together… still work to do on graphics, grade and sound, and finalising credits… but its getting there!