Meet Robbie and Chris...

“My wife Chris had only recently been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s when we were told about a music and visual arts project run by Manchester Camerata. We didn’t know what to expect but we liked singing so thought we’d give it a go.

“Over the next 12 weeks or so, we really looked forward to those weekly sessions but still had no clue as to where it was all leading. As the ‘mystery tour’ unfolded, we had such fun singing and making music with other people – before we knew it, we’d created a fantastic piece of visual art and composed songs to go with it, all with the help and guidance of people from Camerata, who seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as we were!

“What remains as a powerful memory is the smiles on peoples’ faces, the laughter and the realisation that this sort of experience can bring forth creativity and energy from people with dementia that they didn’t know they had – and actually, it was exactly the same for the carers taking part. We’re already looking forward to the next one!”


Our work is making a difference


Dementia is rapidly becoming the health and social care challenge of the 21st century. The number of people living with dementia is increasing because of an ageing population, which brings multiple challenges to health and social care provision.

—We carry out ground-breaking work for people living with any stage of dementia, bringing together trained music therapists and musicians to work with individuals and groups through music therapy
—Independent research demonstrates that our work improves the quality of life of people living with dementia
—Since 2012, we have engaged with over 1,200 people living with dementia through our collaborations with organisations such as Age Friendly Manchester, the NHS and the Alzheimer's Society

Find out more about our Music in Mind project here.


Get in touch 

If you're keen to know more or would like to support our work, please contact Lucy Geddes, Head of Camerata in the Community on:

T: 0161 226 8696


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Related information

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Watch on BBC North West Tonight

Read The Guardian feature - Could music projects cut the cost of dementia care?


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