ABOUT US

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.

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Marc Block

Marc has worked in care for many years, and as a qualified nurse since 1995. 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).

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James Tolhurst

James has played mandolin and trumpet professionally since 1996 with folk, world, reggae and jazz bands and completed OPUS Music CIC’s groundbreaking music in healthcare apprenticeship in 2005. He currently runs original jazz band Red Sea and plays nationwide with gypsy jazz band Swing Gitan.
From 1999 to 2007 James was a founder and director of the workers co-op Monster Massive which provided folk dance and workshops for children. They worked nationally for festivals, county councils, schools and after-school clubs and were funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the European Social Economy Investment Fund and Awards for All.
He has taught brass instruments in schools and privately since 2009.

 

One thought on “ABOUT US

  1. I visited my dad in QMC yesterday. I was held up in traffic so I had just missed you on B47, yellow bay. Dad (his name Allan) cried because he had loved you being there and I hadn’t been there to share it. You played ‘Ring of Fire’ with him and it reminded him of my mum. He was talking about you all afternoon whilst I was with him. He loved it and it really cheered him up. Thank you. Carry on the good work.

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