Wellspring Music CIC was formed in 2015 by Nottingham-based musicians James Tolhurst and Marc Block. Between us we have many years’ experience of performing and teaching, and Marc worked for twenty years as a nurse in a variety of settings.
We trained with OPUS Music CIC and both completed year-long apprenticeships alongside OPUS musicians, Marc at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, and James at Kingsmill Hospital in Mansfield.
Our highly sensitive and responsive musical approach, through which participants are encouraged to improvise and lead, provides cultural enrichment and helps to humanise medical and care settings. The non-verbal communication facilitated by shared music-making creates a culture of enhanced social connection, community and well-being amongst service users, staff and relatives.
Marc worked as a qualified nurse for more than twenty years. He started consciously to incorporate singing into his interactions with clients after completing the OPUS Music in Healthcare training, while also moonlighting as an entertainer in care homes.
A singer all his life, Marc played piano and oboe at school, then took up the guitar at 15 and began writing songs at 16. More recently he has added harmonica, bouzouki and bodhrán, and continues to gig on the folk scene. He has recorded two CDs, The Hawthorn Spring (2013) and Brisk & Breezy (2016).