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The Power of Music

A short partnership project has been developed with Live Music Now, a national music company working with marginalised communities.

LMN works with a very diverse range of people that rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live music. Their musicians are trained to put participants’ needs and responses at the heart of everything they do. Working with LMN enables their musicians the ability to perform with a deeper level of engagement throughout their careers.

This project has been developed to involve residents from the Imagine programme and was facilitated by LMN from funding recieved by the Whitaker Trust. Simon and Michael from Bright Season delivered eight performances during Jan – March at Sycamore House, The Oaks and Millbeck House.

“Many residents sang, clapped, made suggestions, engaged in conversation and jokes with us, the staff and each other. It was a very friendly and informal atmosphere in both sessions.  Another nice aspect of the first session was that one of the residents’ granddaughter (along with her baby) was visiting and took part in the session. This created a wide age-range within the room which was wonderful to be part of and many people in the room reacted very positively”. Simon Dumpleton Bright Season

They loved the sea shanty’s and also loved talking to the artists, who tailored the session around them. Music will always get a good reaction from all our residents, especially toe tapping folk music and also lots of residents appreciated the quality of the musicianship. I do think that the residents with mild dementia do really enjoy the quality and have a sense that the entertainment is more serious than just a sing-a-long”.  Ann Marie – Activity Co-ordinator

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