‘It’s terrific fun when you can sing your heart out. It’s joyous.’ Singing with Friends choir member
Celebrating their first year together, Wigmore Hall’s choir for families living with dementia Singing with Friends performed in a very special concert at Buckingham Palace this week [12 February 2018].
The event honoured Princess Alexandra’s Patronage of Music for Life, Wigmore Hall’s pioneering programme for people living with dementia, as well as that of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir and Alzheimer’s Society.
The four organisations came together for an extraordinary performance which celebrates the power of music and its ability to enrich the lives of people living with dementia, and their families, friends and carers.
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore, who introduced the concert, said: ‘This was a wonderful celebration of the power of music and how it can transform lives. A diagnosis of dementia can bring great challenges, but all of our work with these choirs proves that many lives can be enhanced and enriched, and these activities deserve to be recognised and supported.’