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Music Therapy (Dementia Friendly)

Laura Rose Gee Harpist

The importance of music for many people experiencing dementia is increasingly being recognised; a number of researchers have identified music’s capacity to calm, relax and generate feelings of wellbeing. Heather and George Johnson have been organising music afternoons on behalf of Crich Area Dementia Friends for over two years now. A wide variety of music is played at the sessions. The musical duo of Brian and Scott were the original performers and they continue to make a significant contribution. They play an enjoyable selection of songs from the 1950s and 60s, which always quickly generates an enthusiastic singsong. In recent months there have been, among others, a string quartet, a ukulele group and a barrel organ, all of which have been great hits. One session featured the beautiful sounds of solo harpist Laura Rose Gee. The range and quality of local musicians reflects what a talented community we have in Crich and the surrounding area.

Some of the most popular afternoons have been when children from local schools have performed to the group. There have been some very happy sessions run by children from Fritchley Primary School and Crich Junior School. The children have enjoyed performing as much as the audience have enjoyed hearing the children sing and play a variety of instruments. These occasions highlight the power of inter- generational events. The sessions are held at 2pm on the second Friday of every month at Crich Wesleyan Chapel in Chapel Lane. There is 45 minutes of music, followed by tea and cakes and a chance to socialise. As with everything organised by Crich Area Dementia Friends, everyone is very welcome, not just those living with dementia; and the invitation, of course, includes carers, friends and family members.

For more information, call Heather Johnson on 01773 856212. Transport can occasionally be arranged. If you know someone who needs transport, call Frances James on 01773 852692.