TURTLE SONG ROADSHOW IS CURRENTLY GOING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY, AND IN A COVID SAFE WAY, SINGING AND COMPOSING MUSIC WITH PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA WHO HAVE BEEN SO ISOLATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS.
Bradley and Ines have been getting out and about in the real-world and, in a covid safe way, singing and composing music again.
TURTLE SONG ROADSHOW is supported by Hammersmith and Fulham Dementia Action Alliance and funded by Arts Council England.
The usual format for Turtle Song is that a group of people living with dementia and their companions come together for 10 weekly sessions and with professional composers, workshop leaders and music students write songs that are personal to them – ending with a live performance for friends and family. The aim is to encourage a positive outlook through music for those affected by isolation and depression.
Whereas, generally we would collect the participants and bring them together in a communal space, for Turtle Song Roadshow we're bringing the music to them. We are visiting people in their own homes, living in retirement housing, residential dementia units and day centres observing social distancing rules. Together we're creating songs that connect them to others in their community who have also contributed. We are especially targeting those that haven’t had access to on-line technology. The project will end with a live filmed on-line sharing of the work.