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Craig Macdonald during a dementia projectsSince 2014, OOTS has delivered a programme of over 600 live performance workshops to people with dementia, their families, staff and carers in 40 care homes and 7 dementia cafés in Birmingham, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Nuneaton & Bedworth in partnership with music therapy charity Mindsong.  25 OOTS players have been trained by Mindsong to deliver this activity, alongside receiving specialist mentoring and support.

Sue Pope, OOTS Learning & Participation Manager and Dementia Champion:

“Music has such a powerful role in supporting people at whatever stage of their dementia journey. It is such an amazing experience to see people come alive with the music; join in, tap their feet, sing along and really get involved with the sessions. We are so pleased to be able to bring our professional musicians to these homes & cafés and know that our players are gaining a great deal from the experience too.”

If you would like to find out more about our projects and activities for older people, please contact Learning & Participation Manager Sue Pope at: education@orchestraoftheswan.org


Maria Mealay and Anna Joubert dementia work for Orchestra of the SwanDuring our 2018/19 season alone, OOTS delivered:

  • 111 workshops benefiting 1268 people with dementia in 12 care homes
  • 7 workshops in 6 dementia cafés regionally
  • 3 Dementia Friendly Rehearsals at Stratford Playhouse

Sessions involve pairs of instruments performing classical pieces, hymns, folk songs and well-known participative songs in communal areas attended by those with dementia, carers and relatives. Performances also take place in care homes on a 1-2-1 basis in residents’ rooms for those unable to leave their beds.