• ‘The Power of Music’ at the Recovery Academy

    The Recovery Academy is a programme ran by the Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust that offers free educational courses and resources for people with mental health problems, their carers, families as well as health care professionals. Manchester Camerata were approached by the Trust to deliver our own course at their centre in Prestwich about the power of music and how it can help improve mental well-being. Throughout May and June, Kate Pearson (composer) facilitated three composition and musical improvisation workshops alongside musicians Heather Bills (cellist) and Dave Tollingto... Read More

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  • Getting ready for Dementia Action Week 2019

    Dementia Action Week (20 - 26 May 2019) unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. We’re supporting Dementia Action Week by organising events with our Music in Mind friends across Greater Manchester. From singing and dancing at Limelight Old Trafford, group music making with Astley Court housing scheme in Irlam, to the Dementia Ball at Amblecote Gardens in Little Hulton, we are making music with people living with dementia and their families. This year, the Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to take ... Read More

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  • Music in Mind with ForViva Housing

    We are delighted to start the next phase of our Music in Mind partnership with ForViva Housing. We are working with residents from Carter House in St Helen’s and Bourke Gardens in Walkden in a series of 15 weekly music making sessions which aim to create an open space for people with dementia to express themselves and communicate through music. Last week we met with the new groups to introduce ourselves and try out some group music making. Like every Music in Mind session, they took along a huge selection of different percussion instruments for people to shake, scrape and hit – what wo... Read More

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