The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s ReConnect programme – a series of interactive music workshops for people living with dementia – is to take place in a public space for the first time on 11 March.
Launched in 2013 in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, SCO ReConnect is a programme of interactive workshops using music to enhance wellbeing and social interaction for people living with dementia. Over the last six years SCO ReConnect has taken place in hospital settings – the first public workshop will be held at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh on Monday 11 March at 11am as part of the Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival 2019, which aims to explore creativity and neuroscience.
Musicians Alison Green (SCO Bassoon) and Su-a Lee (SCO Cello) will join community music specialist Dr Jane Bentley to lead the workshop, open to anyone living with or affected by dementia in the community. Participants are invited and supported to join in by singing, playing instruments, improvising and listening. No musical expertise or experience is required.
Dr Jane Bentley, community music specialist, says: ‘We experience so many moments of shared joy, care and connection in the ReConnect workshops. It’s a delight to be bringing it to a wider audience – and sharing the contribution that music can make towards people being able to live life to the full.’