Vocal Beats

Award-nominated project Vocal Beats provides opportunities for young people to make music through singing, ukulele and beatboxing.

Since March 2020, the programme has continued virtually and is now offering both group and one-to-one zoom singing, song-writing and beatboxing sessions via the hospitals’ youth forum RB&H Trailblazers. If you are aged 13-25 and interested in taking part, please email trailblazers@rbht.nhs.uk to find out more.

We also have a YouTube channel, Vocal Beats Online, co-created with our youth ambassadors Bethinn, Skye, Mia and Eleanor. The channel hosts videos for young people to learn singing and breathing techniques, beatboxing, and hear personal stories from the ambassadors about why they got involved with the programme and how it has helped them. 

Vocal Beats external evaluation 2020
Authored by specialists in music education and respiratory health - Marion Friend MBE, Gráinne Hope, and Charlotte Wells - this report examines the social, artistic and clinical impacts of award-nominated singing and beatboxing programme, Vocal Beats. The report also proposes recommendations which other NHS trusts and organisations can use to help develop similar initiatives. Read the report here.

Vocal Beats is funded through Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, by Youth Music, the Coop Foundation’s Building Connections Youth Strand, The Brompton Fountain charity and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity at Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.