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Scarborough Alzheimer's Society To Showcase Musical Talents

Scarborough Alzheimer's Society To Showcase Musical Talents

Published by Karen Liu at 7:31am 22nd September 2019.

The musical talents of Scarborough Alzheimer's Society is being showcased today.

The 'Singing for the Brain' group, which has been running in the town for seven years, gives people with dementia, and their carers, the chance to sing.

The concert called 'Musical Memories' will be held from 2pm to 4pm at South Cliff Methodist Church.

Lead volunteer Gail Hartley said:

“After seeing an advert for volunteers needed for the new group, I volunteered as I can ‘sing a bit and make a good cup of tea’.  

Little did I know that I would be leading a 50 plus strong group weekly seven years later.

Singing for the Brain provides a facilitated group session for people with dementia who can attend either alone or with their carer.  

Based on the principles of music therapy and singing, the sessions promote social interaction and active participation.

At the Scarborough group this definitely comes with a large dose of laughter and fun as well as plenty of tea and cake!“

The volunteers have encouraged and watched the group grow in size, confidence and ability over the years and in 2018 launched their own CD to raise much needed funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

A concert featuring songs from the CD raised over £2000 for Alzheimer’s Society and this year‘s concert hopes to build on last year‘s success to showcase the group to the wider public. 

Louise Morgan, Services Manager at Alzheimer’s Society in Scarborough said:

“Gail, Adele, Denise, Janet, Pam, Joan, Molly, Anne, Tim and Nancy are the heart and soul of this fabulous group.  

Without their support a lot of people affected by dementia would miss out on the highlight of their week.  

They really are stars and Alzheimer’s Society is so grateful for everything they do.”

The Singing for the Brain Group will be supported at the concert by Village Voices Ladies Choir, Karen Chalmers playing a piano solo and Pam Bower and Matt Holles performing a trombone duet.  Refreshments will also be provided.

Gail added:

“Listening to the group, I felt I needed to share the joy of their singing and wanted others to hear what the group has achieved.  

I really want their friends and family as well as the general public to share this wonderful experience”.

Scarborough Singing for the Brain takes place every Wednesday, 1.30-3pm at Southcliff Methodist Church,  6, Filey Road, Scarborough YO11 2AP


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