LMP musicians visit day care centres, hospitals and care homes to provide community concerts for elderly and disabled people. Two or three musicians introduce and play a programme of short and attractive items, including pieces from the classical repertoire as well as arrangements of popular tunes. We aim for a light and cheerful tone, and the performers intersperse the music with anecdotes about their lives as musicians. Informal concerts can be both soothing and stimulating, enriching the lives of those who may otherwise be denied access to live music.
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“Living Memories” – London Mozart Players launched a pioneering project for London Borough of Croydon’s dementia sufferers with musicians and professional dancers.
Living Memories was devised by Julia Desbrulais, cellist of the London Mozart Players, who, alongside two musicians from the orchestra and a team of professional dancers led by Lauren Potter will bring the joy of music to residents in six homes across the Borough of Croydon that specialize in the care of elderly people with dementia. The project reaches out into the very heart of the community, taking music to people who can no longer visit the concert hall, to stimulate, entertain and inspire creativity in participants, regardless of their disability.
LMP’s continued, vital role of cultural engagement and participation throughout the Borough is seen through the work of this project, helping to enhance the quality of life for those who can no longer access regular opportunities for music-making or dancing.
“It has been thrilling to see and experience the results already achieved – people coming alive to familiar tunes and songs, the peaceful atmosphere that comes from the live music experience, and the animation and energy that has been created by the tea dances. Just to be able to inject the joy and life music can bring into that one home for one day is so worthwhile. Let’s hope that further money can be raised for this wonderful opportunity." (Julia Desbruslais)