Vicky McClure’s Our Dementia Choir performed in London to highlight a report saying music can play a “powerful” role in improving the lives of dementia sufferers.
he choir sang three songs – including ‘I’m A Believer’ and ‘Stand By Me’ – at Universal Music UK in King’s Cross to celebrate the Power of Music report, which explores how music empowers employees to make savings and improve health care in general.
In 2019, actress McClure presented a BBC One documentary called Our Dementia Choir which explored how music can help people living with some forms of the condition.
On the show, which received a Bafta TV nomination, she spoke of seeing dementia firsthand after caring for her grandmother Iris, who died in 2015.
The Bafta-winning actress – who has starred in Trigger Point and Line Of Duty – said music has “healing powers” for people with dementia.
She said: “We should never underestimate the transformative and healing power of music.
“Music can uplift people with dementia, change their mood and bring them joy.
“That’s why I founded Our Dementia Choir and why it’s still so close to my heart.
We should never underestimate the transformative and healing power of musicVicky McClure
“We were all delighted to have been invited to perform at the premiere and not only to meet so many people who think like we do, but who are committed to using music to benefit people with dementia in the future will.”
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At Wednesday’s event, which was also attended by Music for Dementia ambassador Lauren Laverne, the Utley Foundation announced it was making a £1million donation to boost funding for grassroots activities around music for dementia .
Laverne said: “This has been a fantastic evening of collaboration and commitment to elevating music – with all of its therapeutic benefits – to improve the health and well-being of society.
“The great thing about this report is that it is just the beginning and part of a long-term roadmap of what we can achieve through collaboration.”
Universal Music UK Chairman David Joseph also introduced Music Can at the event, an online resource that serves as an information hub for music and dementia.
Grace Meadows, Music for Dementia campaign leader, said: “This evening was a demonstration of what can happen when we work together to harness the power of music.
“The report provides practical and actionable recommendations, and it is a testament to the report’s vision that we are already seeing tangible and meaningful investments in this area.”
UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said: “This event has shown what an appetite there is to push this agenda forward.
“In the music industry, the political landscape, and the health and care system, we all want to harness the power of music to promote our health and well-being.
“This report can and should be the start of a revolution in how we use music to provide care and improve life across the country. Now we must work together to make that a reality.”
The Power of Music report, unveiled at Universal Music UK’s headquarters on Wednesday, recommends the UK appoint a commissioner to “advocate and coordinate” projects, including the creation of an intergovernmental taskforce.
The published document follows a year-long study by UK Music, which represents the collective interests of the sector, and Music for Dementia, the health and music campaign.
Respondents included charities, government and health and social services, as well as musicians, music therapists, people with dementia and their carers.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/vicky-mcclures-our-dementia-choir-performs-to-launch-power-of-music-report-41571382.html Vicky McClure’s choir, Our Dementia, performs to launch the Power of Music report