Alison Elizabeth Horn graduated from University of Leeds, Bretton Hall with a BA (Hons) Music Theatre in July 2005. Musically, the harp has been her great love since the age of eight, and she performs regularly on both the Clarsach and the Concert harp. Alison has provided music for functions in many venues including Durham Cathedral, Alnwick Castle Gardens and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and has recorded her first solo album for harp and voice, "Ripples". Sunbeams is proud to welcome such an accomplished dancer, choreographer and teacher to the team.
We are delighted to include Alison as one of our freelance musicians, especially as she conducted independent research at Leeds University for her degree thesis entitled "Community Music and Therapy". She concluded that the Sunbeams Music For Life programme had impacted positively on everyone involved - be they "young, old, trainer, musician, doctor, colleague, patient or stranger".
Chief Executive Annie is particularly thrilled to be joined by another harpist as the beauty and elegance and healing sounds of the harp are legendary - "When Saul was seized with deep melancholia, David took an harp and played it and the melancholia departed".
How fitting that Alison worked with children at Eden Valley Hospice. The comments from the nurses speak for themselves....
"The experience has been valuable as it was great to have a session led by a happy, confident musical person who obviously loves children, and allows us to help the children participate and get as much enjoyment out of it as possible."
"The children have all reacted differently but all have been positive. We have children who are upset at the start but end up relaxed and happy to be in the session, we have children who smile and laugh all the way through, we have children who like to move about but always stay in the vicinity of the harp or instruments."
" The experience has been wonderful, Alison has a lovely manner with the children she has worked with and all the children (and staff!) have benefited from the sessions."
"The children have responded very positively to the sessions. The children appear to use the music to convey their feelings without the use of words in a safe setting where difficult or repressed feelings may be expressed."
" The benefits gained from Alison's music sessions have been as varied as the needs of the children. By offering support anbd acceptance, Alison has helped these youngsters to work towards emotional release and self-acceptance. The children appear to have developed a greater awareness of themselves, developing their confidence and their self-esteem."