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Turtle Song

An opportunity for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia to sing and compose their own songs with professional musicians. The project is a collaboration with Turtle Key Arts and the Royal College of Music.

Turtle Song, our well-known project for dementia sufferers and their carers, continues and flourishes this spring with another project in partnership with Turtle Key Arts and the Royal College of Music. This long-term partnership is now in its 7th year.

Turtle Song aims to bring music, movement and singing to people with Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia and their carers. Over the course of the project the participants write the lyrics and compose the music for their own song cycle. The piece is then recorded on CD and shared with friends in the main concert hall of the Royal College of Music (RCM).

Music students from the RCM support the professional team of composer Danyal Dondhy and director Alice Knight. Sessions begin on Tuesday 18 February and run on Tuesday mornings until the performance on Wednesday 16 April. The weekly sessions are in the RCM hall of residence in Goldhawk Road in West London and are from 10.30-12.30. Tea and biscuits and a warm welcome are provided. The sessions include a gentle physical warm-up, followed by a fun and creative process of creating new stories, lyrics and songs.

The project is designed for people at every stage of dementia, and for their partners or carers. If you live in West London and have transport issues, arrangements can be made – whenever possible – to assist your journey to and from the workshops.

If you, or a friend or partner, are interested in taking part in the project please contact Charlotte Cunningham at Turtle Key Arts on 020 8964 5060, charlotte@turtlekeyarts.org.uk or Tim Yealland at English Touring Opera on 020 7833 2555, tim.yealland@englishtouringopera.org.uk.

If you would like to attend the performance on Wednesday 16 April at 11.30 please contact either of the above contacts.

Showing At

  1. Royal College of Music
    18th Feb 2014 - 10:30 am
  2. Royal College of Music
    25th Feb 2014 - 10:30 am
  3. Royal College of Music
    4th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am
  4. Royal College of Music
    11th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am
  5. Royal College of Music
    18th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am
  6. Royal College of Music
    25th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am
  7. Royal College of Music
    1st Apr 2014 - 10:30 am
  8. Royal College of Music
    8th Apr 2014 - 10:30 am
  9. Royal College of Music
    15th Apr 2014 - 10:30 am
  10. Royal College of Music
    16th Apr 2014 - 11:30 am
  1. Royal College of Music — 18th Feb 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  2. Royal College of Music — 25th Feb 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  3. Royal College of Music — 4th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  4. Royal College of Music — 11th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  5. Royal College of Music — 18th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  6. Royal College of Music — 25th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  7. Royal College of Music — 1st Apr 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  8. Royal College of Music — 8th Apr 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  9. Royal College of Music — 15th Apr 2014 - 10:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

  10. Royal College of Music — 16th Apr 2014 - 11:30 am

    Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

The achievement of creating something entirely new was a thrill and a source pride for the participants. It was a stimulating workout for the brain. The continuous engagement of the group in novel work was delightful to see. The opportunity to create and to give something to others is so enabling.

Chreanne Montgomery-Smith, Support and Development Officer Alzheimer’s Society West Berkshire

My mother came back from the first session on Tuesday the happiest I have seen her for a very long time – what she really loved was the interaction with others.

A relative, 2011

Read an account of Turtle Song 2010 in this newspaper article.
There are DVDs available of the two projects run in 2007/8 and 2008/9.

Showing At

  1. Royal College of Music
    18th Feb 2014 - 10:30 am
  2. Royal College of Music
    25th Feb 2014 - 10:30 am
  3. Royal College of Music
    4th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am
  4. Royal College of Music
    11th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am
  5. Royal College of Music
    18th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am
  6. Royal College of Music
    25th Mar 2014 - 10:30 am
  7. Royal College of Music
    1st Apr 2014 - 10:30 am
  8. Royal College of Music
    8th Apr 2014 - 10:30 am
  9. Royal College of Music
    15th Apr 2014 - 10:30 am
  10. Royal College of Music
    16th Apr 2014 - 11:30 am

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