Turtle Song makes a difference to people with dementia.

Posted on 19th August 2018

Applications are now open for people with memory problems and all forms of dementia to take part in an exciting musical collaboration at the University of Chester.

Turtle Song.
Turtle Song.

Turtle Song is an opportunity to compose and sing your own songs with a professional composer, director and musicians. The project is a collaboration between the English National Touring Opera, Royal College of Music and the Turtle Key Arts. Turtle Song projects have taken place across the UK and involved hundreds of participants and this is the first time it has been held in Chester.

The weekly workshops will be held at the University’s Kingsway Campus with a specially selected group of student musicians, led by composer Michael Bryan and Philippa Bryan.

It is a project for people with memory problems and all forms of dementia and for their companions (husbands/wives/carers). It is a chance to have fun and be inspired and to sing together as a group and write a collection of different songs.

The sessions are free to attend and take place every Wednesday from September 5 for nine weeks. Turtle Song does not require any previous experience or skill and everyone is welcome, whatever their ability. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits and a relaxed and fun atmosphere to enjoy.

The workshops culminate with a performance of the work, created in front of family and friends at the Kingsway Campus. A CD and DVD of the performance will be given to each participant.

Turtle Song uses the power and emotion of music to enrich the lives of those suffering with dementia. Transport is provided for a limited number of participants and there will be a pastoral worker on hand, to support those attending to access the project.

Ben Broughton, Head of Performing Arts at the University of Chester, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to welcome Turtle Song to the University of Chester. It is a fantastic opportunity not only for the participants to enjoy creating music in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, but also for our students who will gain so much invaluable experience from taking part.”

Charlotte Cunningham, Founder of Turtle Key Arts, said: “We are so pleased to be bringing the project to Chester and delighted at the support from our new partners at the University of Chester. We really look forward to seeing what ideas and creativity are brought about by the group and the music students.”

To apply to take part visit https://turtlekeyarts.org.uk/turtlesongchesterapplication For more information call 020 8964 5060 or email charlotte@turtlekeyarts.org.uk