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Turtle Songs 2017

Turtle Song celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017.

The project, a partnership with Turtle Key Arts and the Royal College of Music, brings music, singing, song writing and movement to people with Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia together with their companions and carers.

The participants meet once a week for nine or ten weeks, and with the help of professional musicians and music students, write the lyrics and compose the music for their own song cycle, ending in a live performance for friends and family which is recorded as a DVD. Turtle Song encourages artistic and social interaction, a positive outlook through an enjoyable and shared activity and gives the brain and body a bit of stimulating exercise. It also helps to enhance the professional development of the music students who take part in the project.

The current projects are led by composer Jon Petter and director Carolyn von Stumm (Reading), and composer Alexander Campkin and director Susan Moore (Waddestone), along with students from Reading University and the Royal College of Music. All the workshop sessions are in the morning and generally last two hours.

Since the first Turtle Song at the Royal College of Music, London in 2007 it has been introduced in Cambridge, Wolverhampton, Dulwich, Hackney, Suffolk, Oxford, Stockton-on-Tees, Leeds, Norwich, Croydon, York, Reading and Newbury; there are now on average three held each year.

I cried silent tears of sorrow, of pride, of happiness, of loss, of admiration, of gratitude and more. Thank you for bringing joy to my mum, for accepting her just as she is and for making her truly happy. I have not seen her smile like that for a long time, today she was my beautiful, intelligent, kind & caring, fun loving mum again”

From the daughter of a participant in Reading 2015

If you would like to take part please call Charlotte Cunningham on 020 8964 5060.

Special thanks to The Henry Smith Charity, Mark Armitage, C.A. Redfern Charitable Foundation and Scouloudi Foundation.

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  1. Reading University
    29th Sep 2017 - 2:00 pm
  2. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    3rd Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  3. Reading University
    6th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  4. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    10th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  5. Reading University
    13th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
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    18th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  7. Reading University
    20th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  8. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    25th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  9. Reading University
    27th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  10. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    31st Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
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    3rd Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  12. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    7th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  13. Reading University
    10th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
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    14th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  15. Reading University
    17th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
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    21st Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  17. Reading University
    24th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  18. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    28th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  1. Reading University — 29th Sep 2017 - 2:00 pm

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  2. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 3rd Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

  3. Reading University — 6th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Reading

  4. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 10th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

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    Reading

  6. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 18th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

  7. Reading University — 20th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Reading

  8. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 25th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

  9. Reading University — 27th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Reading

  10. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 31st Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

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    Reading

  12. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 7th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

  13. Reading University — 10th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Reading

  14. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 14th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

  15. Reading University — 17th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Reading

  16. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 21st Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

  17. Reading University — 24th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Reading

  18. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury — 28th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

Showing At

  1. Reading University
    29th Sep 2017 - 2:00 pm
  2. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    3rd Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  3. Reading University
    6th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  4. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    10th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  5. Reading University
    13th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  6. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    18th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  7. Reading University
    20th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  8. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    25th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  9. Reading University
    27th Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  10. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    31st Oct 2017 - 2:00 pm
  11. Reading University
    3rd Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  12. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    7th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  13. Reading University
    10th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  14. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    14th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  15. Reading University
    17th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  16. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    21st Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  17. Reading University
    24th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm
  18. Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury
    28th Nov 2017 - 2:00 pm

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