Introducing 'Safe in Sound' - group music therapy sessions for people with Dementia with guest musicians from the English Sinfonia

Chiltern Music Therapy is proud to announce the launch of its latest project, 'Safe in Sound,' designed to provide vital support to individuals living with dementia and their carers in Chesham and the surrounding area. This pioneering initiative, led by expert music therapists from Chiltern Music Therapy, in partnership with professional musicians from The English Sinfonia, offers a transformative series of group music therapy sessions aimed at enhancing communication, fostering relationships, and ultimately improving the overall quality of life through the universal language of music. Over 12 weeks, participants (including carers) will enjoy music therapy sessions, culminating in a community performance at The Elgiva Theatre.

How Music Therapy Can Help

Music Therapy, as evidenced by various research studies including the 2018 Cochrane Review, not only alleviates symptoms of depression and overall behavioural problems in people with dementia but also supports cognitive functions such as memory and attention, utilising the brain's robust connection to musical memory to enhance emotional well-being and quality of life.

What to Expect

Participants, who do not require any musical experience, will embark on a 12-week journey of collaborative music-making, under the guidance of highly skilled music therapists and visiting professional musicians from The English Sinfonia. From shared singing to instrumental play, each session is carefully crafted to engage participants on a deeply personal level, tapping into the inherent joy and therapeutic benefits of musical expression.

Gareth John, a Music Therapist from Chiltern Music Therapy, reflects on the profound aims of the project:

For a person with dementia or other life limiting condition, music can unlock their inner world providing a glimpse of their healthy Self. The 12 week group Music Therapy project ran alongside members of the English Sinfonia will immerse participants in a sound world of meaningful and motivating music- making that slows deterioration, and creatively accesses the realms of their imagination and expression, while fostering connections within the here and now.

Celebrating Together: The Final Performance

The culmination of the sessions will be celebrated with a vibrant community performance at The Elgiva Theatre in Chesham, where participants, supported by Chiltern's community music groups and local choirs/bands, will showcase the profound impact of music on health and wellbeing.

Joining Us

Sessions for the 'Safe in Sound' project will commence on Monday 15th April 2024, running for 12 weeks from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Mondays at The White Hill Centre, Chesham. 

Chiltern Music Therapy is actively accepting referrals for individuals interested in joining these enriching sessions. Referrals can be made by contacting with 'Safe in Sound Referral' in the subject line. Participation is open to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers, friends, or relatives who are able to accompany them to the sessions.

The Safe in Sound project has been made possible through the generous support of The Clare Foundation (Angel's Den award), alongside additional funding from The Mobbs Memorial Trust.

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