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Song writing music to ears of Hica care home residents

Song writing music to ears of Hica care home residents

"Music can be very therapeutic for people living with dementia."
Hica's care home manager Alison Bedford

People living with dementia at a Withernsea care home are taking on a new challenge that’s music to the ears.


Residents of Hica’s Tamarix Lodge on Queen Street are combining their lyric-writing talents to produce a song, which will be performed by Withernsea Ladies’ Choir at a concert to be held at the Meridian community centre in March.


The song, which celebrates the joy of spring, has been produced as part of an outreach music making programme delivered by the charity orchestra Manchester Camerata.


The orchestra is a pioneer in music-led dementia therapy that helps young and older people in communities across the UK to overcome barriers in their lives.


Composer Richard Taylor is working at Tamarix Lodge, taking music lessons, where residents get the chance to play bells, tambourines and other instruments, and composing music for their song.


The move is part of an initiative organised by Hica’s care home manager Alison Bedford to improve the wellbeing of their residents.


She said: “Music can be very therapeutic for people living with dementia. It can lift their mood and really cheer them up.


“That’s why we wanted to take part in this exciting and interesting initiative. The residents are so keen to be involved and excited that their song will be performed by the ladies’ choir.”


One of the residents said: “We’ve been having great fun with the instruments and writing our song. We’re really looking forward to see it sung at the concert.”


The Withernsea Ladies’ Choir will be joined on stage at the concert, arranged by Manchester Camerata on the 21 March, by other local care homes, who will also be performing their own musical compositions.