The Wyvern Theatre has announced a brand-new community initiative with its dementia-friendly singing sessions, ‘Memory Music’ this season.

After the success of last year’s Season of Vintage campaign, during which over £4000 was raised and split between the Alzheimer’s Society and their in-house offerings to Swindon’s dementia community, Swindon Theatres is launching a series of ‘Memory Music’ singing sessions at the Wyvern Theatre in addition to their popular Memory Café and Memory Cinema.

Research from the Alzheimer’s Society has shown that participating in the arts can make a real difference to people living with dementia and studies have also shown that singing together helps both people living with dementia and their carers alike.  Memory Music sessions bring people together in a sociable and relaxed atmosphere as they experience the therapeutic benefits of music and singing.  Old classics are mixed with new songs, as well as combining actions, rhymes, rounds and playing musical instruments.

“Songs range from old standards to Beatles, ABBA and even some rock ‘n’ roll! The singing is interspersed with simple movements and playing various percussion instruments.  The sessions are very informal and everyone is welcome, whatever their ability!  Memory Music is a free service and refreshments are provided, so this is a great opportunity to come along and find out what it’s all about!” said Nyree Kingsbury, Community and Education Officer for Swindon Theatres.

Swindon Theatre’s Memory Music is a free, drop-in service led by an experienced practitioner. All sessions take place in the Lower Foyer at the Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN.

Swindon Theatres’ next Memory Music session is on Wednesday 3rd July, with further sessions on Wednesday 4th September, 2nd October and 6th November.  You can find out more about the Memory Music sessions by visiting swindontheatres.co.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 509041.

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