ETO is currently working with Turtle Key Arts on Turtle Song, a project for dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers and their carers in Cambridge. The Turtle Song team is made up of Russell Hepplewhite (Composer) and Anna Jewitt (Director) who are supported by students from Clare College, Cambridge and The Royal College of Music in London.
Turtle Song is an opportunity for participants to sing and compose their own songs with professional musicians. The group meets once a week over ten weeks and aims to enjoy singing together, write a song cycle and to give the brain and the body a bit of stimulating exercise. Each week the participants also get the opportunity to hear a piece of music performed by one of the music students.
Over the last seven weeks the group have created songs about everything from Pirates to Cruise Ships and Messages in a Bottle. Last week it was the turn of Mermaids! The group split up to imagine how sailors might respond to the haunting siren songs of mermaids out at sea. Everyone had lots of fun and suggestions ranged from thinking ‘is it an illusion?’ to plugging their ears with stale bread so they don’t hear the mermaids’ cry! The songs are getting more and more creative and it’s really great to see the participants having such fun in writing these songs.
This project culminates in a concert at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge on Friday 2nd December where the group will perform all the songs they have written. It promises to be an exciting show!
Katy Goodson, Education Intern