Exploring poetry and songs for use in my sessions around different themes I came across this stunning song Urge for Going by Joni Mitchell. Whilst I may not use this particular song in the project, it is a beautiful way of reflecting on loss and letting go as winter comes.
I am so delighted to have been awarded funding from Arts Council England and from Music in Hospitals for this project which involves creating and performing a new oratorio through working with different groups of older people with Dementia and their carers. I’m currently in discussions with a number of different settings including residential and hospital care settings with a view to starting sessions in late September. You’ll be able to follow the progress of the project on this Blog. I’ll look forward to sharing some of my learning as I am sure this is going to be a significant learning curve for me in my music for health practise and my work as a composer. Please make sure you put Thursday 6 April 2017 in your diary so you can come along to the performance of the new oratorio at Manchester Cathedral.
I must also credit Michael Hagedorn for the photos on this website. These were taken when I worked alongside the inspirational Gary Glazner at the Alzherimer’s Poetry Project in Brooklyn New York in December 2014. You can find a link to Gary’s work on the resources page. Please note, I’ve only just started to populate this Blog with info so keep checking as more will be added!