No hay Camino, se hace camino al andar.
There is no path; the path is made by walking.
SongPath is a travelling concert series to promote walking, talking and music-making together for everyone’s mental health. Part music festival, part pilgrimage, we encourage everyone to engage with the nature, music and communities surrounding them.
We believe that engaging with mental health is vitally important for everyone. One in four of us will experience mental health difficulties at some point in our own lives – and everyone will have friends, family and colleagues who do. With SongPath, we wanted to bring together two things that have helped us in difficult times, and that we hope can help others in their lives: music and walking in nature.
Our events bring together professional musicians and speakers, with community music groups, mental health groups, and the general public. We also raise money for local brances of mental health charity Mind. Our first event in June 2019 raised over £5,000 for two branches of Mind in Cumbria.
At the heart of our initiative is music-making and walking together in unexpected places, forging new paths, exploring local roots and routes and their rich musical and natural histories. Wherever we end up, there’ll be a treasure trove of tunes, tales and landscapes for us to explore together.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’
Co-founder & contralto
Jess is from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, and is one of the co-founders of SongPath. As a contralto performing around the world, her passion is Lieder, and she enjoys putting together programmes of poetry and song inspired by the landscapes around her.
co-founder & mezzo-soprano
Joanna grew up in Monmouth in South Wales, and is a mezzo-soprano and co-founder of SongPath. She loves walking and hiking, and tries to see as much of the varied landscapes on her musical travels around the UK and further afield.
During his illustrious career, Martin Roscoe has become one of the UK’s most loved and respected pianists. With his extensive repertoire, consummate musicianship and immediate connection with audiences, he is in great demand as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. Martin appears regularly at Wigmore Hall and has long-standing associations with many of the UK’s leading orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony. A prolific recording artist, Martin has a distinguished discography and is one of the most broadcast pianists on BBC radio.
Senior Lecturer, University of Cumbria
Rufus Harrington is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Cumbria.
We are delighted that SongPath’s first event will be a collaboration with Ulverston Music Festival, which has been treating audiences in Cumbria to the top musical stars of our generation since 2004. The festival also includes a programme of schools workshops, masterclasses and the Ulverston Festival Chorus for local singers.
Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds, in 130 acres of farmland in South Cumbria, and known as the home of Quakerism.
For almost 70 years ROSL Arts has developed a diverse portfolio of activities in music, visual arts, and literature, with a devotion to the career development of talented young visual artists, musicians and writers from the UK and the Commonwealth.
SongPath are indebted to the support of Rotary, who give their time and talents to serve their local community.