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Turtle Song, Cambridge

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

We are delighted to be continuing our ongoing project for dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers and their partners and carers with a 10-week residency in Cambridge, hosted by Clare College.

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. The aims are to enjoy singing together, to write a song cycle, to record the songs on CD and to give the brain and the body a bit of stimulating exercise.

The sessions are led by an experienced creative team (Russell Hepplewhite and Anna Jewitt) supported by students from the Royal College of Music and from Clare College.

Sessions begin on Thursday 6th October at Clare College, and continue every week until the performance at the West Road Concert Hall on Friday 2nd December at 11.00am.

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. If you would like a free ticket for the December performance at West Road Concert Hall, please contact Alexa Carey at English Touring Opera on 020 7833 2555, alexa.carey@englishtouringopera.org.uk.

“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.

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  1. Clare College, Cambridge
    3rd Oct 2011 - 11:00 am
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  1. Clare College, Cambridge — 3rd Oct 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

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  2. Clare College, Cambridge — 6th Oct 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

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  3. Clare College, Cambridge — 20th Oct 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

    • Limited Availability

  4. Clare College, Cambridge — 27th Oct 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

    • Limited Availability

  5. Clare College, Cambridge — 3rd Nov 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

    • Limited Availability

  6. Clare College, Cambridge — 10th Nov 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

    • Limited Availability

  7. Clare College, Cambridge — 17th Nov 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

    • Limited Availability

  8. Clare College, Cambridge — 24th Nov 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

    • Limited Availability

  9. Clare College, Cambridge — 1st Dec 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

    • Limited Availability

  10. Clare College, Cambridge — 2nd Dec 2011 - 11:00 am

    Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

    • Limited Availability

Showing At

  1. Clare College, Cambridge
    3rd Oct 2011 - 11:00 am
  2. Clare College, Cambridge
    6th Oct 2011 - 11:00 am
  3. Clare College, Cambridge
    20th Oct 2011 - 11:00 am
  4. Clare College, Cambridge
    27th Oct 2011 - 11:00 am
  5. Clare College, Cambridge
    3rd Nov 2011 - 11:00 am
  6. Clare College, Cambridge
    10th Nov 2011 - 11:00 am
  7. Clare College, Cambridge
    17th Nov 2011 - 11:00 am
  8. Clare College, Cambridge
    24th Nov 2011 - 11:00 am
  9. Clare College, Cambridge
    1st Dec 2011 - 11:00 am
  10. Clare College, Cambridge
    2nd Dec 2011 - 11:00 am

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