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24.09.23 | National Day of Arts in Care Homes

Sunday 24 September 2023 marks a significant day in the calendar as we celebrate the National Day of Arts in Care Homes. On this occasion, we reflect on the profound impact of initiatives like our Mind Music project, which has been a beacon of hope and inspiration, showcasing the transformative potential of live music in improving the lives of individuals living with dementia.

The Northern Chamber Orchestra’s Mind Music project has been on a remarkable journey, touching the lives of many and spreading the joy of music to those who need it most. At its core, this initiative is a testament to the healing power of the arts, proving that music has the ability to transcend barriers, reach deep within the human soul, and foster connections that enrich the lives of all involved.

Mind Music at Morris Feinmann Care Home

Lawrence Dinh, Education Coordinator at the Northern Chamber Orchestra, expresses the significance of this project beautifully:

“Mind Music is not just about playing music; it’s about creating a space where the melodies resonate with the hearts of those who often find themselves in the shadows of dementia. It’s a language that transcends words and a bridge that connects us with our shared humanity.”

This project is not confined to the concert hall but extends its reach into the heart of healthcare policies and research. By engaging with caregivers, academic institutions, and parliamentary groups, the Mind Music project has paved the way for the integration of arts into healthcare, underscoring the importance of holistic approaches to well-being.

As we celebrate the National Day of Arts in Care Homes, we are reminded of the profound impact that initiatives like Mind Music have had, and continue to have, on the lives of individuals facing the challenges of dementia. It leaves behind a legacy of compassion, connection, and healing through the universal language of music.

The Mind Music project has, over the years, shown that music is not just a form of entertainment, but a powerful tool for enhancing the quality of life, fostering connections, and instilling hope in the hearts of those who need it most.

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02.08.23 | Northern Chamber Orchestra’s Heartwarming Return to Belong Morris Feinmann Care Home

Last week, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, the longest-standing chamber orchestra in the North West, brought the healing power of music back to the Belong Morris Feinmann Care Home in Didsbury, Manchester. This exceptional concert was not only a celebration of musical talent but also an opportunity to enrich the lives of care home residents as part of the Mind Music programme, specifically designed for individuals living with dementia.

Led by the talented musicians Michael Dale on viola, Simon Gilks on violin, Naomi Atherton on horn, and Diane Clark on double bass, the concert transported the residents on a melodic journey. The soothing sounds and harmonious melodies created a captivating experience that transcended the boundaries of age and memory, leaving a lasting impact on both the performers and their audience.


The Mind Music programme, a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring music therapy to those living with dementia, has proven to be a beacon of hope and joy for individuals in care homes. As dementia can often isolate and alienate its victims from their surroundings, music has proven to be an effective means of connecting with them on a profound emotional level. It has the ability to evoke cherished memories and emotions, igniting a sense of belonging and improving the overall well-being of the residents.

Belong Morris Feinmann Care Home, known for its commitment to fostering a warm and nurturing environment, welcomed the Northern Chamber Orchestra with open arms. The care home’s staff and residents eagerly anticipated the concert, knowing that it would be a memorable and enriching experience for everyone involved.

The orchestra’s commitment to the community, especially to those facing the challenges of dementia, not only showcases the orchestra’s artistic prowess but also proves that music has the capacity to heal and connect.

The concert at Belong Morris Feinmann Care Home was made possible through the generous support of CDL, a Stockport-based software company. CDL’s commitment to the community and its belief in the power of music as a healing force played a vital role in bringing the Mind Music programme to life.

Music in the Community

Mind Music CD