Over the next week I’ll be introducing the four RNCM students who took part in the project , working alongside me to deliver creative sessions in 5 different dementia care settings. First up is Ellis, a postgraduate violinist. Ellis was just fantastic at creating rhythmic fills and interesting textures on the violin to complement what the residents were playing. He had a lovely rapport with the residents as well as supporting the other musicians and me.
Here’s Ellis’ biography and a bit about what the project has meant for him;
I’m a violin student at the RNCM and I enjoy an eclectic mix of performing, teaching and outreach projects. Alongside orchestral and chamber music, recent events have included performances with cross-genre bands GSD and Kaleidoscope Orchestra, a pre-concert presentation on baroque string instruments and working with aspiring young musicians in collaboration with In Harmony and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. A keen music arranger and viola player, I also enjoy travelling, swimming and foreign languages.
Being part of the Adages project has been an eye-opening experience. The genuine joy music can generate in care settings is immediately obvious and Holly’s energetic approach to engaging with the residents quickly has an entire room singing and playing along to familiar tunes, on top of prompting spontaneous poetry and lyrics for use in future compositions including So Many Beauties. Learning how to communicate musically (and verbally) a million miles away from the traditional concert platform has been a fantastic opportunity and serves to remind us of the true purpose and power of music.