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Turtle Song

Turtle Song is a Turtle Key Arts, English Touring Opera and RCM partnership project which brings music, movement and singing to people with memory problems and their carers. Over the course of the project, participants write the lyrics and compose the music for their own song cycle with the help of an animateur, a composer and six RCM students. The piece is then performed on stage in the RCM Concert Hall and recorded on DVD so that it can be shared with friends. Following on from the success of an annual London project, we have been able to expand the reach of Turlte Song by running projects in partnership with local services across England. So far locations have included Cambridge, Suffolk, Wolverhampton, Reading, and Dulwich, and we look forward to future projects in new places.

Turtle Song

 

St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington

RCM musicians regularly visit the wards for the elderly in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. They perform live music and interact with patients, helping to improve hospital stays through the therapeutic benefit of music.

Rhythm for Life

Rhythm for Life is a pioneering initiative aiming to enhance wellbeing among older adults through creative music making. Run by the RCM’s Centre for Performance Science in collaboration with RCM Sparks, the project offers local adults the opportunity to learn and make music in individual, small-group and workshop settings, delivered by RCM students. Alongside the project’s practical provision the team seeks to understand the impact of learning music on the health and wellbeing of older adults.

Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, you can find out more about Rhythm for Life here

Rhythm for Life