Southdown Strings Sessions – new music and mental health project starts June!

Our new ten-week programme, for anyone with a mental health issue, starts in central Brighton on 11th June ’14: come along and join in – it’s free and we provide the instruments!

Southdown Strings Sessions

Always wanted to play a stringed instrument? Now you can! If you can place a finger on a string then you can enjoy playing as part of the Southdown Strings Sessions.

Over the course of this hands-on ten-week programme, you will:

  • get to know each type of instrument: violin, viola & cello
  • learn the basics of string playing
  • play pizzicato and with the bow
  • play in small and large groups to create music together
  • have fun making music!

Playing an instrument in a group helps us relax and focus – it also keeps our fingers supple. Bowed string instruments are very versatile, as well as having a beautiful sound. In the group we play familiar melodies as well as creating our own.

This ten-week programme is suitable for anyone who has a mental health issue, whether you’re a complete beginner to music or more experienced. The course is free and all instruments are provided – numbers are limited so book your place now: call Southdown on 01273 749500 or email

The sessions are run by Southdown Recovery Services in partnership with Open Strings Music CIC, and facilitated by professional cellist and Goldsmiths-trained music leader Isabel Emerson.