Wellspring Music CIC was formed in 2015 by Nottingham-based musicians James Tolhurst and Marc Block. In April 2019 James moved on, and Wellspring is now run by Marc as a solo practitioner.
Marc trained with OPUS Music CIC and undertook a year-long apprenticeship alongside OPUS musicians at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.
Wellspring’s 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 patients, 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 working 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 regularly gigs on the folk scene. He has recorded two CDs, The Hawthorn Spring (2013) and Brisk & Breezy (2016), with a third in the making.