Music for Life: Training and Development Scheme 2022/23

Applications are now open for our new Music for Life training and development scheme. This is a unique opportunity for musicians who are keen to develop their skills and experience in supporting creative music sessions with people living with dementia, their families, and carers.

We are recruiting three Trainee Support Musicians and one Trainee Vocal Leader to take part in our Music for Life programme between September 2022 and July 2023. Successful candidates will be supported throughout by leaders and mentors and will have the chance to take part in other training sessions and opportunities as part of Wigmore Hall Learning’s wider Pathways programme.

“I wish I could tell everybody – I can’t put into words how much this experience is having such an amazing effect on me and on all of us. My day would have been so different without that session and without that moment.”

Musician

November 27, 2018 MusicForLife LennoxHouse 066What is Music for Life?

Music for Life is a pioneering programme for people living with dementia and their families, friends, and carers, founded by Linda Rose in 1993 and led by Wigmore Hall since 2009. The programme encompasses a wide range of projects and events in care settings, community settings, online and at Wigmore Hall itself including:

  • Creative, improvisation-based projects in residential care settings, including projects in partnership with Jewish Care
  • Singing with Friends, a weekly choir for families living with dementia taking place at Wigmore Hall and online on Tuesdays, in partnership with Royal Academy of Music and Resonate Arts
  • Creative, improvisation-based projects with people with young onset dementia and their families and carers
  • Concerts and creative workshops at Wigmore Hall and other venues for people living independently/at home in partnership with Royal Academy of Music and Resonate Arts
  • An online project for people living with rare dementia in partnership with Royal Academy of Music and UCL Rare Dementia Support
  • Training and development opportunities for musicians, and training programmes for organisations developing work inspired by Music for Life

Our practice reflects Wigmore Hall Learning’s values of creativity, collaboration, and equality.

Improvisation and flexibility are at the heart of Music for Life and our team works in a responsive way (both in moment-to-moment interactions, and more broadly in listening to and shaping sessions around participants’ ideas). Across the programme we aim to create opportunities for sharing, strengthening relationships and forging a sense of togetherness. Our intention is that everyone is included equally in sessions (people living with dementia, families, carers, musicians), and we aim to enhance the wellbeing of all involved.

Click here to watch a short video about Music for Life.

What does the scheme involve?

There are two different roles within the scheme:

Music for Life Trainee Support Musician: open to three musicians who are interested in developing skills in supporting improvisation-based creative music sessions with people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Selected applicants will:

  • Take part in four improvisation-based sessions (in-person and / or online)
  • Observe four care home project sessions (in-person)

Music for Life Trainee Vocal Leader: open to one vocalist who is interested in gaining experience working with Singing with Friends – our choir for people living with dementia, their families and careers.

Selected applicant will:

  • Take part in a 5-6-week placement (mix of half days and whole days) with a preparation and reflection meeting before and after the placement

NB: Singing with Friends takes place on Tuesdays and applicants must be available for either the Spring 2023 or Summer 2023 series of dates listed under ‘Key Dates’ below.

Joint opportunities for both roles include:

  • Mentoring sessions with a Music for Life musician
  • Dementia awareness training
  • Involvement in Music for Life team development sessions
  • Involvement in a Music for Life ‘dialogues’ group to share experience with other musicians
  • Optional termly training and development sessions as part of our wider Pathways programme

We would love to hear from musicians who:

  • Are keen to gain experience in improvisation-based music workshops or singing workshops for people living with dementia
  • Are working in any genre and with any voice type, or instrument
  • Are reflective, empathetic, and creative
  • Have excellent communication skills and a high standard of musicianship

Wigmore Hall is committed to being a fair and inclusive employer. We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination, and we welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from people from the global majority*, disabled** and trans candidates, as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have faced barriers to accessing training and workforce development opportunities. Applicants must be aged 18+.

*This includes, but is not limited to people of Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx, Native American and First Nations heritage as well as people indigenous to the global south

** This includes but is not limited to those who define as disabled people, as people with long term health conditions, as d/Deaf or as neurodivergent

Successful applicants will be paid the following training and development fee:

  • £75 per half-day workshop (up to 4hrs)
  • £100 per whole-day workshop (between 4-8hrs)
  • £20 per half-day training session
  • £50 per whole-day training session

How to apply: Apply Now

If you would like to apply, please complete the online application form by Monday 22 August 2022, 5:00PM.

If you don’t have access to a computer/the Internet please contact Celia Anderson, Producer (Music for Life), on 020 7258 8270.

If you prefer, you can also submit your answers to the questions on the application form via a video or audio recording; please include a link to an online video or audio file of no more than 8 minutes in duration in the field provided on the application form.

For any accessibility questions related to the application process please contact Celia Anderson, Producer (Music for Life), on 020 7258 8270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Selection process

We are committed to inclusive recruitment practices and take steps to ensure unconscious bias is minimised as far as is possible. Whilst we are unable to guarantee complete anonymity due to the panel seeing video footage of applicants, the panel will not see personally identifiable information submitted as part of your application, other than information shared in your video. Following an application grading process through which we create a longlist of candidates who have reached a qualification threshold, we then reference equalities data as part of the shortlisting process to ensure a diverse range of applicants is invited to interview.

Applications Close: Monday 22 August 2022, 5:00PM

Successful applicants will be invited to an online audition and interview:
Thursday 1 & Friday 2 September 2022 – Trainee Support Musician applicants
Monday 5 September 2022 – Trainee Vocal Leader applicants

We want to make the process as accessible as possible, so will provide shortlisted applicants with interview questions in advance so you can prepare before we meet.

We are committed to the safeguarding of all the people with whom we work; their wellbeing and safety is of paramount importance. We expect all our staff to respect the rights and dignity of participants, colleagues and partners, and to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved. In accordance with Wigmore Hall’s Safer Recruitment Policy, appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check (which we can issue for you) and successful applicants will be required to take part in safeguarding training as appropriate.

Wigmore Hall will process (audit, store, use, transfer, keep updated and destroy) applicants’ personal data in accordance with applicable data protection legislation and our Privacy Policy.

Key Dates

Welcome Meeting
Thursday 15 September 2022, time TBC (online)

Music for Life Team Development Sessions
Tuesday 13 December 2022, 2:30-5:00PM at Wigmore Hall
Thursday 13 July 2023, 10.00AM-4:00PM OR Wednesday 19 July 2023, 10:00AM-4:00PM at Wigmore Hall

Music for Life Practice Sharing
Friday 10 February 2023, 10:00AM-4:00PM at Wigmore Hall

Singing with Friends (applicable to Trainee Vocal Leader role only)
Trainee vocal leader to take part in one of the following series of sessions. Sessions take place at Wigmore Hall.

Spring 2023: Tuesday 10 January – Tuesday 7 February 2023
Weekly in person sessions (10:30AM-1:00PM)
Plus additional online sessions on 10 Jan, 24 Jan & 7 Feb (sessions extended until 3:00PM).

Summer 2023: Tuesday 18 April – Tuesday 23 May 2023
Weekly in person sessions (10:30AM-1:00PM)
Plus additional online sessions on 18 Apr, 2 May & 16 May (sessions extended until 3:00PM).

Improvisation-based workshop dates to be agreed with Trainee Support Musicians.

For any questions regarding the scheme or application process, please contact Celia Anderson, Producer (Music for Life), on 020 7258 8270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Feeling that I was supported by the rest of the team and free to express myself in a safe space, enabled me to be able to openly explore different ways of connecting, introduce more experimental and cross-art approaches and seek new ways of interacting with one another. Sharing our ideas, thoughts, worries and opinions made us grow as a whole, empower our strengths and identify and work on our weaknesses.”

Musician

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