Helen Hayes Director
I founded Swell Music CIC in August 2020 after working for three years as a community music practitioner and facilitator in East Suffolk. The focus of my work is to help vulnerable members of the community to experience improved health and wellbeing through participating in music-making activities.
From Cheltenham Festivals to First Light
Since going freelance in 2018, I have undergone training to gain more understanding into how singing and music-making can enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of people living with the challenges of various health conditions.
I lead several groups, including the Music Appreciation Group for families living with dementia at The Seagull and the Sole Bay Care Fund’s dementia singing group. I have provided workshops and resources for Musical Keys, Suffolk Artlink, Creative Arts East, Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge and Lowestoft Rising’s Ness Fest.
I am lead singer and violinist in the swing trio Out of Nowhere and we regularly perform across Suffolk and Norfolk. We provided a dementia-friendly concert as part of the BBC Music Day in October 2019.
I am also Music Co-ordinator at First Light Lowestoft, where, as well as working with the Director to programme the musical elements of the festival, I have a strong input into the community and youth engagement strands of the project.
Des Reynolds Director
Des was a teacher and HeadTeacher for 20 years before running away to join the theatre! He now works as a project manager on various arts related initiatives in and around Lowestoft. He is passionate about improving access to the arts particularly for those from vulnerable communities.
Des is excited to be involved with Swell Music because he has witnessed first hand the power of music when working on a project for people living with dementia, and can’t wait to share that impact with more local groups.