Understandably many of the dementia-friendly musical activities and services listed on this map have been postponed, some have moved their offer virtually. Please contact the provider for further details.

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Turtle Key Arts

Turtle Key Arts run a a singing and songwriting project for people with dementia or memory loss and their carers called Turtle Song.

The participants meet once a week for ten weeks, and with the help of professional musicians and music students, write the lyrics and compose the music for their own song cycle, ending in a live performance for friends and family which is recorded as a DVD.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT UP-COMING TURTLE SONGS PLEASE CONTACT CHARLOTTE@TURTLEKEYARTS.ORG.UK

Turtle Song encourages artistic and social interaction, a positive outlook through an enjoyable and shared activity and gives the brain and body a bit of stimulating exercise. It also helps to enhance the professional development of the music students who take part in the project. Since the first Turtle Song at the Royal College of Music, London in 2008 it has been introduced in Cambridge, Wolverhampton, Dulwich, Hackney, Suffolk, Oxford, Stockton-on-Tees, Leeds, Norwich, Croydon, York, Reading and Newbury; there are now on average three held each year.