Live Music Now partners with Mermaid Quay for Music Festival

A Welsh music charity is working with Mermaid Quay to bring live music to Cardiff Bay during this year’s Volvo Ocean Race.

A prominent part of Cardiff Bay, Mermaid Quay is celebrating this exciting event with live music & entertainment every day to coincide with the fleet’s stopover (27 May to 10 June).

Live Music Now Wales musicians will be performing on the Bandstand in Mermaid Quay’s Tacoma Square on the 9 June, the penultimate day of the two-week Volvo Ocean Race festival, as Cardiff Bay welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors attending this historic event.

LMN musicians will include:
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Live Music Now (LMN) is a national charity, created by Yehudi Menuhin in 1977. We provide high-quality music experiences for people with limited access to the arts, due to disability, illness or social disadvantage. Participants benefit from the amazing therapeutic, social and emotional benefits of engaging with live music – an experience that transforms and enriches lives.

Each year, our musicians deliver around 2,500 participatory performances and workshops in special schools, residential care homes and community centres, reaching over 150,000 people across the UK. Wherever possible we undertake sustained activity and establish long-term partnerships to provide lasting impact for our beneficiaries.

LMN has been working in Wales since 1990, delivering over 7,000 LMN performances since that time now averaging over 500 concerts and workshops annually. We are proud to be the only national arts charity committed to working in each of the 22 Welsh counties every year.

Our work focuses on two areas where we believe we can bring most benefit:

Health & Wellbeing: particularly older people, including those living with dementia and mental illness (this includes significant numbers in residential settings)
Children & Young people in disadvantage: especially those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

We recruit the UK’s most talented emerging professional musicians, from all musical genres, who combine exceptional performance skills with excellent communication and understanding. During their four years with LMN, we provide a specialist training and mentoring programme, enabling them to engage with a wide range of people in need and at disadvantage. These new skills invariably go on to shape elements of their future careers.

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