Our recital programme is currently on hold and we hope to re-start again soon.  

We welcome applications from musicians / bands to perform at the recitals, to enquire please tel. 01743 210038 / 48 or email:  We look forward to hearing from you!

Feedback from service users, staff & guests: “Marvellous atmosphere, very therapeutic, excellent music.” “I enjoyed the beautiful music very much.” “Brilliant music from incredibly talented musicians!” “Most enjoyable and relaxing.”

Live music also takes place for service users on the wards at St Georges Hospital in Stafford.

For further details please email:

Up Tempo Music Project

Up Tempo engages with young people aged 16 to 25 in touch with mental health services in South Staffordshire and Shropshire. Using music as a medium for expression, it aims to increase confidence, enjoyment, health and wellbeing – whilst developing musical skills.

Professional arts organisations, the Hive in Shrewsbury and Make Some Noise in Stafford are working directly with over 100 young people through tasters, workshop sessions and performance.

The workshops have been very successful and the programme has been extended into 2018 with funding support from Shropshire Council. 

We are also working with the Samantha Maritza Trust in Staffordshire to bring some of the songs written through Up Tempo to life in the form of a CD. The songs have all been written by inpatients and service users in the community and performed by a mix of the professional musicians leading on the project and the young musicians involved.

With a Big Lottery grant, the CD will be launched and shared at various venues across the region, schools, colleges and shopping centres to raise awareness of mental health and the power of music in supporting wellbeing.

More information about the CD will be available once it is launched!

Up Tempo sessions take place at:

The Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury (inpatients) - Friday afternoons

The Hive, Shrewsbury (community) - Tuesday evenings

St Georges Hospital, Stafford (inpatients) - Friday mornings

For details contact: Jessica Kent 01743 210048 or email: 

Feedback:  “It’s had a really positive impact on everyone that’s joined in. Going back onto the ward, people are more positive, it’s like waking up new.” Occupational Ward Therapist.  “Cannot wait until next week’s session - the best hour I have had in here so far.” - Inpatient

Looking for a Sign – song written and composed by service users on adult acute wards at the Redwoods Centre during February 2017, with support from musicians James Stanley and Kate Allan (Up Tempo).

Searching For A Sign Living The Dream

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  • Published date: 10th April 2019
    News story description:

    To celebrate Creativity and Wellbeing Week we present a week of piano music for service users and staff across the Trust.

Arts for Health Contact Details

Jessica Kent - Arts for Health Lead

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS 
01743 210048 / 07814 752783

Helen Wilson - Project Worker

St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3AG 
01785 221328

Eleanor Babb - Project Worker

St, George's Hospital, Corporation Street,
Stafford ST16 3AG

Diana Buckle - Administrator

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS