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Folk music and story telling with care home residents

Date published: 14 Aug 2014

Posted by: Joe Pick

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City Arts are running another exciting project for Nottinghamshire’s older people. We’ve teamed up with Live Music Now and, from August to December, will be taking a mix of artist and musicians into Abbeyfield’s Millbeck House care home to run workshops with the residents.

The project is called Tones and Shades and is being funded by Nottinghamshire County Council. We’ve got a whole range of artists lined up for the residents including storytellers, animators, and dancers, as well as musicians working in folk, jazz and classical.

These photos show workshops led by fiddle-player Ella Sprung and accordionist Simon Dumpleto, from folk group Bright Season, and by creative writer Dave Wood.

“I enjoyed that it involved all of us because we all live here together, and it’s nice to have a chat”
A care home resident on Dave’s workshop

Live Music Now works with a diverse range of people, many of whom are disadvantaged by disability, illness or failing mental health. They often face difficulties communicating, and are cut off from the joy and pleasures of sharing with others. Live Music Now specially selects young professional musicians to run activities that combat this isolation.

The next workshops will be run by animator Martin Sommerville and musicians Katie’s Allsorts. We will keep you updated!