Celebrating music in Torbay

Doorstep Arts is one of many partner organisations working to support music participation provision in Torbay. The particular focus of our work in the last two years has been intergenerational: projects bringing together Early Years children (aged 0-5) and older people living in residential care.

Making Bridges with Music

The Woods

Creative Torbay

Throughout the summer of 2017, Doorstep Arts has been leading in Torbay on a project funded by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Awards for All. Making Bridges with Music is an innovative pilot which brings early years children and childminders into residential care homes for older people. Supported by artists, the participants have been making music together.

Two upcoming events will be sharing the findings from this exciting first pilot project:


CPD Session
Mon 30 Oct
Arena, Palace Theatre, TQ3 3HF


An open event for anyone interested in creative artistic and musical interactions between early years and older people. Sharing filmed footage, ideas, evaluations, new songs and future hopes from the innovative Making Bridges with Music summer 2017 project, which involved childminders and pre-school children visiting residential care homes. Come along and stay for nibbles and drinks afterward.

A Doorstep Arts project featuring artists Hugh Nankivell, Jade Campbell, Nat Palin, Meg Searle and Steve Sowden.


Going to Charlie's House: A Final Performance

Fri 17 November, 4.30pm
All Saints Torre Church Hall, TQ2 5AP


Sat 18 November, 7pm
Palace Ave Methodist Church Hall, TQ3 3EQ}

Tickets £5

Going to Charlie's House is a 45 minute performance of a new work celebrating, unpacking and revisiting the provocations and interactions of under fives with older residents in three Torbay care homes.

Featuring filmed footage, new songs, skinship, pre and post-verbal worlds, and (quite possibly) bridges made from vegetables!

Performed by Emma Welton, Steve Sowden, Jade Campbell and Hugh Nankivell

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