In March this year, Welsh National Opera, in association with Taliesin Create/Swansea University, will start a new singing group - ‘Cradle Choir’.
The choir is open to those living with dementia - for both individuals with the disease and friends/family members - and will meet weekly at Taliesin Create from 12th March on Tuesdays up until an end-of-project event on Thursday 4th July 2019 at Taliesin Arts Centre.
Cradle Choir will be singing a very broad range of repertoire responding to the makeup of the choir itself and will focus on popular music combined, if appropriate and familiar to singers, with more classical and opera repertoire.
No auditions, no costs, no need to be a music reader! Cradle Choir will supplement the existing choirs in the Swansea area with a similar focus but providing an opportunity, with its early evening rehearsals, for those who are working standard office hours to come along and spend some positive, uplifting times with family members who have dementia. There may be optional opportunities along the way for participants to meet and share experiences with some of the children also participating in the project as well as our writer and composer team.
We would be delighted to welcome any Students or Staff from Swansea University to our weekly rehearsals either as a singer (with your friend/relative) or alternatively should you just be interested in supporting the project, as a volunteer supporter/buddy.
Should you have any queries or like more information do contact me directly on 02920 635063/07891 765696 or by email: [email protected]
The choir is just one part of ‘Cradle’ - WNO’s intergenerational pilot project. Just over 100 children from two local primary schools will also be taking part. They will be encouraged to think about ageing, role reversals, compassionate caring and importantly, learn more about Dementia and how this affects those with the disease. This work will be delivered via a series of creative workshops together with sessions led by the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Friends’ and will also enable the school children to meet and spend social time with people living with the disease both via visits to local day care/residential centres and, where possible, getting to know members of our new Cradle Choir.
At its heart, ‘Cradle’ is about caring and compassion, celebrating the ‘possible’ and enabling a broader understanding about Dementia which in turn will help build more tolerant and caring communities to enable those living with the disease to live as fully and creatively as possible.