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Bringing Pop to BSL

Hangout/ Songwriting

Musician: Tanya Cracknell (violin)

Although the weather had turned, we were lucky enough to dodge the rain clouds for our morning songwriting session at Bridgeside Lodge on the 14th of August. Tanya Cracknell was leading the session on the violin, and came prepared to suit everybody’s musical tastes. It was a lovely morning and a good opportunity to get to know some of the new residents.


We knew that E.J loves classical music and she was so touched that Tanya had gone to the effort of preparing some classical pieces for her. I could see her smiling as she closed her eyes, absorbing the music and humming along.

S was thrilled that Tanya could play some of her favourite pop songs; by artists such as Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Alicia Keys. As one of the youngest residents, S often feels a bit removed at BSL so this was refreshing for her. She is one of the most involved in our Spitz programmes and has written the most songs with us. We joked that she could practically release her own album with us now. When asked what she would call it she said: “A Day in the Life of Bridgeside Lodge.”



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