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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 its members have continued to meet since the show aired. Under the Choir leadership of Mark De-Lisser, the choir has continued to meet and sing but we need the help of donations to keep the choir running.  

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