Northern Chamber Orchestra to play outdoor concerts for care home residents
The Northern Chamber Orchestra’s Mind Music project explores the effects of live music on people living with dementia and was developed to raise awareness of dementia.
The Northern Chamber Orchestra’s Education Coordinator Lawrence Dinh said “It’s been wonderful to have been able to put on these concerts and to have such a positive response to the project. It’s clear that art and entertainment have never been more important at a time like this. Many of the homes I’ve spoken to have felt the need for music given how significant a role it plays in their residents’ lives, and they have been delighted to welcome the Northern Chamber Orchestra musicians for these outdoor concerts and welcome music back.”
There is a great deal of evidence to show that music can reignite neural pathways that have deteriorated, and that it helps people living with dementia to communicate with loved ones and carers without words and through memory and shared experiences. At this time of uncertainty and confusion, the Northern Chamber Orchestra hopes to provide an emotional lifeline for people who may have been isolated from loved ones through music and song.
The concerts are supported by Stockport software company CDL who have also nominated the care homes, often where a relative of a staff member has resided.