About

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, while also raising money and awareness for the mental health charity Mind.

No hay Camino, se hace camino al andar.

There is no road; the road is made by walking.

Antonio Machado


Philosophy

We spend our lives searching, speeding headlong down seemingly pre-ordained motorways, dismissing the familiar, but wondering what we’re aiming for. We’re often travelling at such a pace that we overlook our own immediate surroundings.

SongPath proposes an alternative approach. We promote walking and music-making in the context of mental health. It is not a race. It is not a competition. We don’t have to push ourselves to any limits. We look to simplicity: calmly, steadily and gently putting one foot in front of the other. We just have to notice what is right there in front of us.

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.’

T.S.Eliot


People

Jess Dandy

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.

www.jessicadandycontralto.com

Joanna Harries

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.

www.joannaharries.com

Martin Roscoe

Piano

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.

www.martinroscoe.co.uk

Rufus Harrington

Senior Lecturer, University of Cumbria

Rufus Harrington is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Cumbria.


Partners

Ulverston International Music Festival

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.

www.ulverstonmusicfestival.co.uk

Swarthmoor Hall

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.

www.swarthmoorhall.co.uk

ROSL Arts

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.

www.rosl.org.uk/rosl-arts

Mind

For over more than 60 years the charity Mind has worked to improve the lives of all people with experience of mental health problems by providing support, campaigning to improve services, raising awareness and promote understanding.

www.mindinfurness.org
www.ulverstonmind.org.uk

The Rotary Club of Furness Peninsula

SongPath are indebted to the support of Rotary, who give their time and talents to serve their local community.