What have we been up to?


It would be wonderful to have your support at any of the following fundraising events during the year. We’ll be singing at them all we hope!


A programme of light classics by Trianon Music Group Singers and Strings and a flash mob sing from Music In Our Bones singers! 
Village Hall, Ashbocking Rd, Ipswich IP6 0QX

Sunday 8 JULY Lunchtime ( but to beconfirmed )  Suffolk GOLF CLUB FAIRWAY FEST Help us offer a flash mob sing at 4pm ( rehearsal 3.30 ) BBQ with musical treats from 4-9pm. Just stay as long as you'd like to and bring a picnic and fold-up chair or rug.

All Saints Hotel, Fornham St. Genevieve, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6JQ   Phone: 01284 706777

Sunday 23 SEPT SINGATHON 10 – 4 (pop in for any of the day )

Stutton Community Hall Manningtree Road, Stutton, Ipswich IP9 2TA

On Feb 22nd 2018, Musical Memories enjoyed a visit from the high Sheriff of Suffolk Geoffrey Probert and his wife Nella who visited to thank our volunteers especially for their stirling support of the project.

On 19th Feb 2018 Music In our Bones received a cheque for £300 from the Co-op thanks to our fundraising team from Music In Mind's work in 2017. Thank you to all involved and to the Co-op.

In November 2017 Jennie and Tracy spoke on Suffolk Radio to launch their day's conversation about the health and well-being benefits of singing with others highlighting the findings of a major Arts and Health Report funded by the Government.

On Oct 31st 2017, ten volunteers from Bury HeartSong supported Jennie and Tracy to offer a singing session at Glastonbury Court's dementia day care. Photos on our facebook page show everyone's delight at singing and dancing together.

In September 2017, Music In Our Bones ran their first 6 hour Singathon and raised a fabulous £1500+ whilst having an amazing day of song. Supporters popped in for as long as they could manage and a wonderful team of trustees and volunteers managed all the practicalities of the day. A fantastic 85 people were involved in the end in Stutton Community centre. It's destined to become an annual fundraiser and singing celebration.

In July 2017, eight singer volunteers from Carlton Colville HeartSong supported Tracy and Helen to run a singing session for the Lowestoft Family Carers Group sharing many smiles songs and much laughter as they did so.

On 14 June 2017, 15 Songlines singers sang alongside people living with dementia at Cedrus House's day centre in Stowmarket. The group transformed a quiet room into space full of laughter, smiles and shared song.

On 26 May 2017 HeartSong singers in Carlton Colville welcomed Stephen Watts Suffolk County Council's strategic Lead and Angela Pittock and her colleague Tracey from the Suffolk Community Foundation. Stephen presented us with a cheque for an amazing £8000. This is a Working Together Award, funded by Suffolk County Council and managed by Suffolk Community Foundation with the objective of 'recognising outstanding service delivery or community activity as a result of increased collaborative working.'  This fabulous award will allow for us to carry on increasing our partnership working, set up a Music Mirror pilot at Margery Girling House for people with memory loss and focus on offering interested singing supporters on-going training and development.

In May 2017 Stroke Songlines was presented with a cheque for £400 from Barry Humpreys MBE the Mayor of Stowmarket to support the work the group is doing. He said how courageous everyone was and that the group was an inspiration to other stroke survivors

In February 2016, Music In Our Bones began a 6 month pilot singing project with stroke survivors, we called Stroke Songlines in Stowmarket. Feedback from everyone involved, singing volunteers and members of the group, has been fascinating, really positive and encouraging about the difference singing with others has made to everyone. This short DVD, made by the wonderful Stroke Association volunteer Rik Thornton, on you tube says it all:


On March 31 2016 , we were proud to accompany , Donna Thrower, our very first and most long-standing volunteer  to the East Anglian Museum of Rural Life in Stowmarket. Donna had been nominated on our behalf by one of our singers, a Family Carer, Sheila Wormleighton, for the High Sheriff's Special Award of the Arts 2016

We were extremely proud to watch her receiving from Judith Shallow the High Sheriff of Suffolk, a framed  'Highly Commended' certificate on behalf of  Music In Our Bones, 'in recognition and appreciation of the positive contribution you have made to your community' as we came second place in this section.  Clearly Donna's unique and valuable contribution to so many of our projects, and her development as a singing volunteer with us, demonstrated perfectly all that the power of singing with others can do.

Here's a short DVD made with HeartSong to show at the High Sheriff of Suffolk's Command Performance showing the difference singing with others can make

Just scroll across it with left cursor on your mouse depressed, then right click, and you'll see the 'go to' address to click on which will take you straight there!


On 12 October Jennie and Tracy were invited to be Leslie Dolphin's sofa guests on BBC Radio Suffolk to talk about their lives and the work of Music In our Bones. if you're interested it's on BBC Radio I-player for the next month. Scroll through the first hour to reach our section! 


Singing at the High Sheriff of Suffolk's Command Performance

On Sept 24th 2015, 36 members of HeartSong sang Lean on Me ( beautifully! ) to a packed  audience at Bury Theatre Royal at the High Sheriff of Suffolk's Command Performance, a Gala evening to launch of a new Arts and Culture fund to be managed by Suffolk Foundation and in support of the theatre's own community projects.

Here are her words of thanks, a real tribute to everyone involved:

Dear Music In Our Bones, Following your fabulous film and singing at my Command Performance by your wonderful Music in our Bones choir, I have a Certificate to present to them by way of a very small recognition and thanks for their contribution to the success of the evening at the Theatre Royal.  We raised almost £40,000 in the end for arts projects in the community. Half will go to the Theatre Royal and the other half to start the new Arts & Culture Fund with the Suffolk Community Foundation.

Thank you so much for providing us with such a splendid demonstration of what the fund might actually help to achieve.  I have had such great feedback from a still raving audience!

Best wishes, Judith Shallow 
High Sheriff of Suffolk

In July 2015 we were asked to take part in the making of a 5 minute documentary asking people who used Ipswich library, what made them happy . Music In Mind was chosen and the following film made interviewing Cordelia, Brendan, Ruth and Pam who speak movingly about all that singing with others offers:


International Women's Day on March 8th 2015 in Stutton Village Hall was opened and closed with songs performed by more than 20 women singers from Music In Our Bones' groups, led by Jennie and Fran. People at the event commented on what a lift it was to the occasion to have such a joyful and inspiring beginning and end to a very special day.

Flash Mob Fundraiser for Music In Our Bones 5th Dec 2014 at 

John Lewis department store Ipswich

More than 30 singers from across our groups joined together for a festive flash mob sing at John Lewis, Ipswich who generously invited us.We 'flashed' three times during an hour in the afternoon disguising ourselves as shoppers in between performances! Thanks to everyone's support we raised 80 pounds to help keep our workshops running. Have a look, you'll see it was a lot of fun. Keep a look out for our next event and join us!

Singing Flash Mob - Friday 6 June 2014

Music In Our Bones helped raise over 200 hundred pounds for
Suffolk Family Carers' 'Eight days a week' appeal' attracting 60+ singers

A workshop teaching the Beatles song '8 days a week ' in three part harmony was followed by
three flash mob performances, one in the library, one in the town centre and one in the Buttermarket, surprising browsers and shoppers as we went!

March 8 2014 Lifting Spirits supported International Womens Day at a event in Stutton village hall

HeartSong singers sang for an audience of 150 at Suffolk Family Carers 25th Celebrations, Trinity Park, Suffolk Showground. Nov 2013

CELEBRATION OF SONG Sunday 7th July 2013 at St Peter's by the Waterfront bring together all Music In Our Bones singing groups raised over 600 for the project. We have a beautiful DVD of the event available for a donation, made possible due to an Improve and Prove fund from Suffolk Community Foundation.

March 8 2013 Lifting Spirits supported International Womens Day at an event in  Stutton village hall

March 8 2012 Lifting Spirits supported International Womens Day in Stutton singing on the bridge spanning the reservoir alongside young people from local schools.
Suffolk Foundation AGM - Music In Our Bones short performance - over 30 singers joined us on Monday 28th November 2011 at the Apex in Bury and sang to 160 guests

Music In Our Bones ran a Flash Mob with Music In Mind to help celebrate and publicise World Mental Health Day and Suffolk's month of well-being events 80 people joined us on Monday 10 Oct 2011
Have a  look!in Ipswich Library
and the Buttermarket

Lifting Spirits - Special Guest Event - Stephanie Anderson Monday 7th Nov 2011

Singers from different groups supported a charity event in Stutton to raise funds for Inside Out Community Sun 18 September 2011 enjoying an open mic opportunity

Lifting Spirits supported Way Beyond the Blue in an evening of song at Bramford Church Sat 17 September 2011

College St  Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1XF

Music In Our Bones - singing to lift our spirits
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