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Music department launches composing competition to benefit local children’s hospice.

The music department at Loughborough Schools Foundation have recently launched a Sensory Music Composing Competition which invites budding composers to create pieces of music that can be used to accompany sensory stimulation for the young people who are supported by Rainbows Children’s Hospice.  

Musicians are being encouraged to compose pieces that encapsulate a sonic imagination of objects such as chopsticks, bubble wrap, feathers and space blankets alongside the ability for the piece to musically accompany the playing of the sensory object.  

 The competition was launched by the Loughborough Schools Foundation Music department following a powerful and moving talk from Music Therapist, Rosie Robinson who spoke about the challenges and joys of music therapy as a career, the nature of the music therapy that she offers to the children and young adults in her care, and to demonstrate some of the unusual musical instruments that aids her work. 

Rainbows Children’s Hospice, who are also based in Loughborough, provide vital care and support to families impacted by life-limiting conditions. 

Music Therapist, Rosie Robinson explained that music therapy is an important part of what we offer at Rainbows as every child or young person can access music in some form. Sometimes this can be through listening, creating our own sounds together or even song writing and composing. Music is a universal language that doesn’t require verbal ability and everyone can make and respond to sounds in some way. This can give the children and young people a voice and a means of expression. It’s also a fabulous way to connect and have fun as a family and to off load from often very challenging situations.