Take a look back over two years of Sonic Minds.

Sonic Minds is an award-winning creative music programme delivered by Lewisham Music and funded by Youth Music and BBC Children in Need. To date this two-year programme has already supported over 300 young people at elevated risk of experiencing a mental health issue.



The project combines collaborative songwriting, music production, music technology and drumming workshops facilitated by experienced music practitioners. The music and creative direction of this project has been co-designed and shaped by young people from the outset.


Lewisham Music has worked with a range of education, statutory and voluntary sector partners across Lewisham, Bromley and Bexley, including virtual schools, further education colleges and youth centres. All of these settings are identified as trusted services and safe spaces where care experienced, and displaced young people engage.


“When I hold the mic, it gives me super-powers!”

Young person, age 17




The music and stories created by young people are shared with audiences through a ‘sonified brain sculpture’ created by sound artist Gawain Hewitt. The interactive sculpture features the music created by participants from across the programme, the installation has been exhibited in various South London civic and cultural venues.


Underpinning this programme of work is an aim to better understand the connectivity and correlation between music-making and young people’s wellbeing. To help us explore this further Sound Connections were commissioned as our independent evaluation partner.


Read the Sonic Minds Evaluation Summary Report

The Sonic Minds Evaluation Summary Report 2021-23 takes an in-depth look at the creative music project’s positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and provides recommendations for future developments.


The report includes the scope of work, project context and background, programme headlines and who we worked with, and the three parts of the independent evaluation giving insights into wellbeing outcomes, audience engagement, and observations, reflections, and recommendations from the evaluators.


Evaluation Summary Report 2021-23


Evaluation Toolkit

Click the button below to explore the Sonic Minds Evaluation Toolkit.


Evaluation Toolkit




Meet Oksana

We chatted to Oksana, one of the participants on Sonic Minds to find out how the project has helped her since leaving Ukraine.



Creativity coming to life

Throughout the project we have documented a wide range of creative outcomes from the young people, including poetry, music, rapping, singing, and much more. Take a journey into Sonic Minds below.




Follow what’s happening in Sonic Minds

Please click through the links below to follow the progress of Sonic Minds from the beginning, and make sure you take a look at ‘The Sonic Mind’, the interactive sonified brain sculpture – it will blow your MIND!