Music at SMART

It’s World Music Day on Sunday 21st June! As there will be no music zoom session next week, we are asking you all to try listening to some music that you haven’t heard before, a different genre, band, style etc. and let us know what you listened to and what you thought of it. You could try digging out CDs you’ve not played, or what about tuning to a different radio station and trying it out (stick with if for 15 minutes at least!). Try Radio 1, 2 or 6 if you don’t usually listen to them, or what about Classic FM? Let us know by giving us a call or email Sarah –, and we’ll share your new music discoveries!

Thank you to everyone who is contributing music and ideas – the Wednesday music zoom sessions are going well, everyone welcome! The delay causes some artistical variations shall we say, but we get together and sing which lifts the spirits a bit I hope.

I’ve added links to two tracks below – a welcome suggestion for the playlist, which I hope will give us all a little reassurance that “We’ll meet again”…

Dear all,

Thanks for your interest in trying to get a music session together! Below is the link to the zoom session today at 2.30pm, and I’ve attached some lyrics for a couple of songs we thought of – but we can do other songs or plan something else for next week, as ever we are flexible in the music project!! Really hope this works….and looking forward to a sing with you all later. There may be some delay but we’ll see. If you have any instruments at home feel free to bring them!

Click here to download Get by with a little help from my friends
Click here to download help
Click here to download I want to break free
Click here to download Over the rainbow

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Hello everyone, I hope you are managing to listen to some music, maybe some old favourites but also trying some new things, including the links to things like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals and opera from the Royal Opera House!

Our selection this week is from Ben, who has shared 2 tracks from the band Weather Report, see what you think….

Next Wednesday we are going to try a zoom music session!! 3 of us “met” for tea last week and came up with some songs to start us off, so please join if you can at 2.30pm on Wednesday, the link is below and will be on the timetable for Wednesday. We really want to get as many as possible joining in so we can still have a bit of a sing together! I will supply words by email and try and get them up here on the website too.

Click here to join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 982 464 78773

Finally, a big thank you Ben for this week’s music, please let us know what you think and send us some more! Have a look at this clip below, it links weather and one of the skills’ Ben is renowned for and definitely brightens up the news…hope to see you on Wednesday!

The SMART Music project has been running since 2005. It began as collaboration between SMART and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and was a weekly musical gathering in the SMART café.

Now it is a dynamic and ever-evolving project with a variety of participatory music groups and events.


SMART music in the café – music drop-in

Every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm we host a music session in our Café that is open to all.

People meet to perform, jam together, sing or just listen. All abilities and musical tastes are welcome – come down and enjoy tea, cake, good company and great music.


The house band, “Mad in Chelsea” meet regularly and are available for live gigs. Other band musicians meet periodically and various combinations develop and perform together from time to time, and we have occasional live band nights in the SMART cafe.

SMART Singers

The SMART Singers are a group of people who like singing and value music in their lives. They meet weekly to rehearse, learn and develop singing together. Past public performances have included World Mental Health Day and the Atrium (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital charity).

SMART Music Courses and Workshops

Throughout the year we run short music courses and workshops. These include “ Music for Living” workshop (creative writing and music making to support recovery), ‘How to Read Music’ and drumming lessons. Our courses are open to people of all abilities. Please ask us about our current music courses.

Everyone is welcome to come along to SMART Music café sessions but you need to be a member of SMART to do the Courses, Workshops, Band or Singers groups.

Contact Sarah Wilson, Music project supervisor, for more details.