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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce Why Music? The Key to Memory

1:15, 19th July 2017

Radio 3 is to return to the Wellcome Collection this autumn for a free weekend of events and broadcasts exploring the relationship between music, memory and the mind.

Why Music? The Key to Memory (13-15 October) will feature discussions on everything from the power of song in helping people with a dementia to how conductors learn complicated musical scores and how jazz improvisation works.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • A talk from Dr Catherine Loveday about how people’s enduring musical tastes are dictated by the ‘reminiscence bump’ – the period in our lives from which older adults have the strongest recollections (from the age of 15 to 21).
  • A performance from Singing with Friends, a community choir for families living with dementia led by Wigmore Hall in partnership with Westminster Arts, which will be broadcast alongside discussions from those involved on the joy of singing together.
  • Findings from Created Out of Mind, a team of artists, scientists and clinicians who have worked together over two years at Wellcome Collection, on how choral singing helps people with dementia.
  • A special edition of The Listening Service looking at ‘earworms’.
  • A special six-hour ‘slow radio’ night sequence, using music to bind together the voices of people living with dementias as they talk about their concerns and lives.

Visitors will be able to book tickets for the broadcast discussions and there will be a drop-in events including in-gallery interactions to explore music, memory and the mind, pop-up activities, and a look at improvisation and memory.

All of the events are free, but most are ticketed. Booking opens on 29 September.

Why Music? The Key to Memory will be broadcast on Radio 3 and will also be available on iPlayer for 30 days.

wellcomecollection.org/why-music

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