ABOUT OUR CHOIR
There are 850,000 people in the UK who live with a form of dementia and despite the progress being made in the search for a cure, it is unlikely to come quick enough to help them. For these people, what’s essential is to find the best way of living with their dementia.
‘Our Dementia Choir’ began as part of a documentary created for BBC. The two part series saw acclaimed actress Vicky McClure take us on a deeply personal journey where she sets out to discover the true extent of music’s power in combatting dementia. Vicky knows only too well the cruelness of dementia having helped care for her grandma who died in 2015. But Vicky also saw the amazing effect the music had in calming her down as well as giving glimpses of the old Nana. Vicky formed a choir of people all living with dementia in her home town of Nottingham to see whether music can make measurable difference to their lives. The result: Our Dementia Choir.
Joining forces with some of the country’s leading experts, the choir took part in a ground-breaking scientific study to measure their emotional and physical responses to singing over three months of regular sessions. Proving that people living with dementia can still achieve something truly remarkable, Vicky staged a performance at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham in front of 2000 people.
The choir has had such an immeasurably positive effect that it’s member have continued to meet since the show aired. Under the Choir leadership of Angela, the choir has continued to meet and sing but we need the help of donation to keep the choir running. If you would like to make a donation to Our Dementia choir. Please click here.
Message from the choir leader
Working on the programme ‘Our Dementia Choir’ was, without doubt, one of the most interesting, emotional, enlightening and wonderful things I’ve ever done. To be a part of something so ground-breaking was a real honour. And now I feel incredibly lucky to be tasked with continuing the work we started in 2018, leading the choir in a number of concerts, performances and appearances since filming stopped.
I will never stop being amazed by and proud of this brilliant group of people - they grab every challenge with both hands and they never disappoint. They have (quite rightly) had standing ovations at every one of their performances which then spur them on to the next because they take that feeling of love and pride with them long after the show ends.
But to me this is so much more than a choir. This is a group of strangers, all battling dementia and facing new and difficult challenges every day, who came together to make a TV programme and ended up as one big, wonderful family. The support and care they show for each other is truly heart-warming and it is a pleasure to be around them.