New Harmonie Trustee's Report 2015-2016

FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 2016

Principal address and registered office

12 Tennyson Close
Horsham
West Sussex RH12 5PN

Directors/Trustees

  • Mrs J S Richardson (Chairman)
  • Mrs D Campbell
  • Mr S R Dummer
  • Mrs S M Mullan
  • Mr P J Russell
  • Mrs J E Thomas
  • Dr P K Vella-Burrows

Officers and professional advisers

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Dr G A Richardson
  • Legal Adviser: Mrs K R Wright (solicitor, non-practising)
  • Music Adviser: Mrs S J Williams
  • Accountant: Mr J Attfield
  • Bankers: Lloyds TSB, 1 West Street, Horsham, West Sussex

The Trustees present their report for the year ended 31st March 2016. The report complies with The Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008. It has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Objectives

New Harmonie is a registered charity (No. 1118410) and its Objects are:

(1) to further education in and appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of music and related arts by the performance of public concerts especially in rural communities and by the encouragement of the composition of new musical works for inclusion in such performances;

(2) to relieve people who are elderly, sick or disabled by organising concerts, music workshops and similar activities in residential homes, nursing homes, hospitals, care homes and other institutions and places and by providing opportunities for such people to participate in those activities;

(3) to promote, maintain, improve and advance education and encourage participation in music, drama, music theatre, dance and related arts by organising concerts, workshops and other educational activities in schools and with groups of children and young people in the community;

(4) to carry out such other wholly charitable activities that are beneficial to the public and consistent with the objects above as the trustees shall in their absolute discretion determine from time to time.

Structure, governance and management

New Harmonie is constituted as a company limited by guarantee (registered in England and Wales No. 4142408). It was incorporated in 2001 and its Memorandum and Articles of Association set out how the organisation is structured and governed.

The charity is managed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are Trustees. The Board of Directors is responsible for determining New Harmonie’s policies and strategic direction. The Board delegates management of the day-to-day operations to the Secretary / Treasurer. The Secretary / Treasurer and the charity’s other professional advisers attend Board meetings but are not Directors.

New Directors are proposed with a view to ensuring a broad range of skills and experience on the Board. Names of individuals who might be willing to act as Directors are presented by the Chairman to the Board, which recommends them to the members for election. Directors must retire from office after serving four consecutive years, but they may stand for re-election.

Three of the current Directors are also the Members of the registered Company. No Member or Director has any interest in the charity’s contracts or any of its funds.

The Trustees are familiar with the guidance on public benefit issued by the Charity Commission and have regard to that guidance, where relevant, when planning the charity’s activities.

Financial Policies adopted by the Company

The financial statements for the year ended 31st March 2016 >record a net profit of £3,927. The bulk of spending by New Harmonie is project based. Grants are obtained to fund a particular activity and then spending is ring-fenced within the budget for that project. Administration costs are about 10%.

During the 2015-16 financial year, New Harmonie made over 40 grant applications for several different projects. Of the grants awarded in 2015-16, one was for £9000, two for £5000, one for £2500 and three for £1000. £19,400 was brought forward from 2014-15 and £8,700 is carried forward into 2016 – 17.

These grants fund the mainstay of New Harmonie’s work and are tightly ring-fenced to cover the specific projects for which they have been awarded. Grants are often spent several months after they are awarded, once dates for venues and players have been confirmed. Spending of grants on particular projects may therefore cross two financial years.

The Directors agreed in 2005 to set aside £5,000 of reserves to commission new works and arrangements if external grant funding could not be found. At the end of 2014-15 there was £1,900 remaining in the fund. During 2015-16 the Specific Reserve was topped up by £3000 from donations received bringing it to £4900, close to the original figure agreed by the Board.

Achievements 2015-16

The key focus of New Harmonie’s work during 2015-16 continued to be the use of live music as a care intervention in dementia and palliative care. Careful evaluation of all these sessions by staff, players, family/carers and, where possible, patients generates valuable quantitative and qualitative anonymous data. New Harmonie has used this data to provide feedback to funders, to develop New Harmonie’s work in the future and, in one case, to write a joint paper in partnership with hospital staff to disseminate findings to other health care and performing art groups.

The impact of regular, live music sessions was shown to be a powerful intervention tool with severely distressed dementia patients in the Iris Ward of Horsham Hospital , contributing positively to ‘well-being’ and mitigating ‘ill-being’ effects during the workshops. A paper “Live Wind Music within an acute ward for people with dementia”, written by New Harmonie in conjunction with Horsham Hospital staff and describing the effectiveness of live music as an intervention in the care of distressed dementia patients, was published in the Spring of 2016 by the Journal of Applied Arts and Health. The Journal serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. It provides a forum for debate within an interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion.

During the year, several new musicians joined New Harmonie, making a total of over 20 current players. Informal rehearsals were held for a re-formed decet, two quintets, three quartets and two trios. Twice during 2015-16 a group of twelve wind players met in St Marks Church Horsham. These various talented groups rehearse to improve ensemble work, making full use of New Harmonie’s extensive music library and playing music rarely available for players.

Activities 2015-16

This section details some of the specific activities carried out by New Harmonie by reference to its four objects. In planning activities for the year, the Trustees have paid regard to the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit, where relevant to those activities.

1.to further education in and appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of music and related arts by the performance of public concerts especially in rural communities and by the encouragement of the composition of new musical works for inclusion in such performances;

Funding for public concerts has proved much more difficult to find. Touring has not taken place this year to village halls/churches. The focus of New Harmonie’s work is now on using live music as an intervention with dementia and palliative care. However, it has become clear that the workshops with adults in hospice day care can broaden in scope if funding can be obtained. Mentally alert patients, no longer able to attend public concerts, value listening and appreciating our music, being informed about the music and its composers, learning about the instruments and how a team of musicians work together.

2. to relieve people who are elderly, sick or disabled by organising concerts, music workshops and similar activities in residential homes, nursing homes, hospitals, care homes and other institutions and places and by providing opportunities for such people to participate in those activities;

This is the current major focus of New Harmonie’s work, with grants funding work in 2015-16 and into 2016-17. The Funders are The Foyle Foundation; Sussex Community Foundation; The Henry Smith Charity; William Allen Young Charitable Trust; The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust; The Sobell Foundation; and The Bothwell Charitable Trust.

The players (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn) ran 25 sessions for adults with a dementia and 6 for adults in a Hospice Day Centre. For elderly patients with dementia :

Mill View, Haywards Heath: May 27th; June 3rd, June 10th, July 15th

Maidenbower Day Centre, Crawley: June 15th, 22nd, 29th

Haviland House (Guild Care), Worthing: September 14th, 21st, 28th, October 5th

Maidenbower Day Centre, Crawley November 16th, 23rd, December 7th, 14th

Mill View, Haywards Heath: October 19th; November 30th; December 21st January 18th; February 22nd; March 21st

Haviland House (Guild Care) Worthing January 20th, February 3rd, 10th, 24th

And in hospices:- St Peter and St James Hospice, Chailey: December 4th, 11th, 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th;

3. to promote, maintain, improve and advance education and encourage participation in music, drama, music theatre, dance and related arts by organising concerts, workshops and other educational activities in schools and with groups of children and young people in the community;

With further funding from Jessie’s Fund and the Ernest Cook Foundation, New Harmonie agreed with staff at the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel West Sussex to engage a lyricist and composer to create sensory musical experiences for the children. Players and staff met, planning was carried out during 2014-15 and ten sessions took place during 2015-16. Themes for the project were A Picnic, A trip to the Zoo, A Day by the Sea, On the farm, A Day at Home. This was a continuation of New Harmonie’s work in mainstream and special schools at primary level but in a quite different setting.

Chestnut Tree House Arundel May 24th, 31st; June 6th, 26th, August 2nd, 7th, 14th; September 19th; January 30th 2016.

4 to carry out such other wholly charitable activities that are beneficial to the public and consistent with the objects above as the trustees shall in their absolute discretion determine from time to time.

New Harmonie is always looking for new ways of using music to benefit people in the community.

Evaluation

A very important part of New Harmonie’s approach is to evaluate every session with patients (where possible), family members/carers, staff and players. Questionnaires are used to assess the impact of live music on mood and well-being. The data (both quantitative and qualitative) are anonymous and included in the final report to funders. A few comments from family carers present in workshops who know their family member with dementia so well

What a fantastic difference the session created. I was with my dad (92 years and profound memory problems) Half an hour beforehand he and the two ladies he often visits were all sitting around in arm chairs with glum faces dozing off and reluctant to engage in conversation. As the session progressed Dad and the others looked interested, then joined in mouthing the words of the songs/carols. Later all three joined in with the percussion instruments and then the ladies who are more mobile got up and joined in the dancing/movement ( e.g Lambeth Walk). By the end of the session all three were alert, chatting, responsive and with shining eyes. What can I say except the biggest possible thank you”

He was not alert at the beginning but became responsive during second number and sang along which is not usual by the end and for half hour afterwards he had a smile on his face – mood lifted”

A group activity, that with the excellent musicians, everyone was able to participate in and to share reminiscences and memories. Nobody should underestimate the enjoyment that "New Harmonie" gave to these people this morning through live music; this made these peoples’ lives happier and I am sure that they feel better for joining in and moving their bodies more actively than usual. Added to which, as the music had been chosen so skilfully, it brought back many memories to all the participants. We all owe a big debt of gratitude to the musicians who this morning brought great joy to a group of people who joined in and participated within their limitations. ” “I was absolutely knocked out by it all”

Carer (retired nurse – wife of participant) “I thought it was very good indeed. You integrated really well with everybody as a group. My husband comes home and tells me about the music each week – really enjoys it”

NEW HARMONIE PLAYERS

The following musicians were involved in grant funded workshops during 2015-16:

Flute: Anne Hodgson, Elizabeth Burtenshaw | Oboe: Sarah Williams, Clare Thornton-Wood | Clarinet:Geoffrey Richardson | Bassoon: Sue Bellamy, Angela Kirsten | Horn: Annie Barnard, Stephen Caldicott | Composer/Arranger: Dr Liz Lane, | Lyricist: Jennifer Henderson

The following additional players have also played in New Harmonie’s informal rehearsal groups:- Flute: Andrew Stamp, Claire O’Brien; Oboes: Andi Wright; Clarinet: Bridget Wilcox ; Bassoons: Jenny Gill, Gilly Hall; Horns: Richard Gamlen, James Thornton-Wood: Keith Maries;

Mrs Jill S Richardson

Chairman Date

Dr Geoffrey Richardson

Secretary/Treasurer Date

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