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In 2019 the City of London Sinfonia was one of the first recipients of a BBT Communities grant, specifically for its Wellbeing Through Music programme, developed over 30 years to take music direct into the community.

In this film we hear about the players’ interaction with their special audiences at Comfortable Classical concerts, as well psychiatric patients at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School and people in the care of St Christopher’s Hospice. In these settings, where the players’ key aim is to bring joy and respite to vulnerable people of all ages, one of the most important skills is communication and finding ways of playing music to get their attention and emotional response.

Principal clarinet, Katherine ‘Waffy’ Spencer, one of the orchestra’s longest serving members, explains how honing these particular skills ultimately enriches their own performances as orchestral musicians in the concert hall.

During the course of the Covid-19 lockdown the valuable work of CLS was unfortunately put on hold but the familiar faces of CLS Wellbeing Programme musicians can be seen each week online, via Facebook, at #ComfortableClassical at home.



BBT Communities is a new venture that was launched by Ilaria Borletti Buitoni in autumn 2018. The announcement was made at a concert in Perugia, Italy on 28 October that celebrated 15 years of BBT award-giving and honoured the memory of Franco Buitoni (1934-2016).

This new division of BBT seeks to support organisations that impact the life of a community through music and make a real difference to people’s lives, whatever their age and wherever in the world they live.

The first grants of between £30,000 and £40,000 each were announced in June 2019 and will continue to be award every other year thereafter.