Expect to see and hear all sorts of cool singing-related stuff later this month as part of BBC Music Day.
The event on 26 September will include a focus on the important role music can play in the lives of people with dementia.
This year’s BBC Music Day Ambassador is Nile Rodgers, who has collaborated with 50 UK organisations who care for people living with dementia. They all the share one aim: to show just how powerful a tool music can be in managing the disease.
Music and memories
An updated version of the groundbreaking website BBC Music Memories will be released on BBC Music Day.
The website unveiled last year helps people with dementia reconnect with their most powerful memories via the medium of music.
The new version will have a wider selection of music, ranging from football and pub songs, nursery rhymes and regional tunes, to music from all around the world including Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia and older people’s mental health for NHS England and NHS Improvement says: “It’s fantastic that the BBC is using the power of music to help people with dementia and their carers. Music can benefit people with dementia in so many ways; from stimulating memories and helping reduce anxiety and depression, to bringing together carers and loved ones through a positive shared experience.”
This is an initiative designed to get choirs from around the country to celebrate musical creativity and well-being. If you’re involved with a school or community choir find out how you can get involved HERE.
Read more about singing for health HERE.