Opera for Thought
'It's all just been marvellous and so well organised, although it's very sad that it's coming to an end we can't wait to come back on Sunday for the full performance!'
In partnership with Opera Holland Park, the first Opera for Thought took place in Spring 2016 in Kensington and Chelsea. The group took part in six workshops based around la Boheme, led by a professional musician alongsode young musicians from Opera Holland Park's Young Artist company. The project culminated in the group attending the matinee performance at Opera Holland Park with a complimentary tea and lunch party to mark the occasion.
Opera for Thought will take place again in Spring 2017, please get in touch if you are interested to take part or to make a referral.
Music for Thought
"We felt very lucky to have been involved. The team has generated an atmosphere that made us look forward to coming back every week"
Music for Thought was developed with the Westminster Memory Service and has run in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music and the Wigmore Hall's Music for Life project since 2011. Each six-week project is led by professional musicians alongside students from the Royal Academy's Open Academy programme. Together the group listen to the musicians perform in an intimate setting; write lyrics and compose music together; and learn songs related to the theme. The group also attends a concert together as part of the project and gets a CD of all the music made marking the legacy of the group's time together.
Music for Thought was evaluated as part of the Mark Making project by John Killick and Hannah Zelig.
The Memory Poems
'It is an honouring of my life. Thank you.'
Theatre director and librettist Diane Sherlock has written a beautiful book of poems - 'Come into the Garden' - about her mother's experience of dementia. For Resonate Di visited groups in Memory Cafes and Extra Care, listening to thier stories and sharing conversation to then create poems for and about the participants as a celebration and reflection of their lives. The poems were read at events at Victoria Library and at the Wellcome Collection, by Di and three of the participants, along with afternoon tea.
We have produced a book anothology of the Memory Poems, available to buy at £5 +pp. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to order a copy.
Remembering Together reminiscence arts project
Resonate has offered four Remembering Together projects. People living with dementia and their family carers join in weekly reminiscence arts sessions to help reduce isolation through creating friendship and support. There is a big emphasis on having fun together, using the arts as a way of accessing the shared memories of our lives. Remembering Together is supported by a small artist team and a group of dedicated volunteers who are apprentices on the European Reminiscence Network's Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today Training programme through the Grundtvig Partnership.
The apprentices undertake a two-day course in Reminiscence Arts led by Pam Schweitzer, Director of the European Reminiscence Network. Please get in touch if you are interested in future apprentiship schemes.
Mosaics in Day Centres
'We all loved having you here and think about the project often. I take the clients out to look at the mosaic and to talk about their favourite part once every week - it is very important to us'
Artist Seiwa Cuningham has worked with people at the Pullen, 42 Westbourne Park Road, St Vincent's and Chamberlain House day centres to create mosaics for their gardens. The project includes felting, painting, making small individual mosaic coasters and ultimately the collaborative creation of the final outdoor mosaic. An exhibition of all the artwork is then able to tour to community events and conferences to highlight the work - this has included the Abbey Community Centre, libraries, and the UK Dementia Congress 2015.
Creative Befrienders was initially developed in 2011 in response to the recognition by the Westminster Memory Service of a number of former artists who would benefit from tailored, expert support in their dementia. We now run the project across the three boroughs and have an ever-increasing pool of artist volunteers who work with people in their own homes. Artists are matched with people with dementia who have been artists (musicians, art dealers, authors, illustrators, milliners, dancers, exhibition curators, photographers etc) or who are very arts interested and together they may create art, talk about their shared passions, potentially plan a cultural visit together or attend a project in the area, all of which encouraging wellbeing through a continuing of their creative life.
We regularly hold training sessions for Creative Befrienders, please get in touch if you are interested in taking part.