As part of Thrive LDN’s collaboration with Voluntary Arts and to celebrate BBC Music Day, we have partnered with BBC Radio London to investigate the positive impact that participating in or attending live music events has on mental health and wellbeing.

We have been working with John Offord, BBC Radio London producer, to create a documentary for BBC Music Day, narrated by Thaddaeus Brown,  which investigates the benefits of live music. The documentary explores the question: ‘can music make you feel better?’

You can listen to the documentary via the BBC website here.

The 30 minute documentary will also be broadcast live on BBC London at 8.00pm on Saturday, 28 September.

With thanks to all participants who gave up their time to support the recording of the documentary, which includes interviews with:

  • Anil Sebastian, founder and director of London Contemporary Voices Choir
  • Young Warrior, Sound System, DJ, Producer, and son of Jah Shaka
  • Jess Iszatt, BBC Radio London presenter, recorded at a BBC Introducing gig at the Lexington
  • Musicians at a Sofar Sounds gig in Deptford
  • Frank Carter, singer
  • Dr Daisy Fancourt, Behavioural Science expert at University College London
  • A participant from Key Changes, a London based charity specialising in music engagement and recovery