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NEW WIND PLAYERS WANTED.... WITHIN
NEW HARMONIE THERE ARE
SEVERAL SMALL GROUPS ...
OCTETS, SEXTETS, QUINTETS,
QUARTETS,TRIOS.....
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING
FOR NEW TALENTED
(AT LEAST GRADE 8) PLAYERS
- FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET,
BASSOON, HORN ..... INFORMAL
REHEARSALS, LARGE LIBRARY
..... MEET ONCE EVERY SIX-EIGHT WEEKS
.......IF INTERESTED PHONE
GEOFFREY RICHARDSON
01403 242429

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Big LotteryNEW HARMONIE RECEIVES A GRANT FROM THE BIG LOTTERY FUND

New Harmonie has been awarded another Big Lottery grant to use live music as a care intervention for people with a dementia. In 2018, quintets will visit The Laurels Day Care Centre Rustington, Skylark House Horsham, Mill View East Grinstead and Maidenbower Day Care centre in Crawley.

The group will play for three or four consecutive weeks in each venue with a programme of gentle exercises, singing, music making, dancing, reminiscing and relaxation. New Harmonie has now run over 210 workshops in more than thirty Sussex residential homes and day care centres for those with a dementia. Patients (where they are able), staff, family carers and players evaluate each session to demonstrate to funders that these sessions do ‘make a difference’ as illustrated by a few comments from participants, family carers and players.

Participants : "I enjoy the dancing. We are looking forward to next week" "Enjoyed playing the drum - relaxes my muscles" "Very good indeed - my kind of music" "Makes me recall the Starlight Dance Hall Crawley. Can’t remember if there was live music but there were lots of girls" "I really appreciate your visits" "I absolutely loved it and always do. It is a very cheerful morning and it is lovely to see everyone smiling and joining in. I think about it for the rest of the day"

Family Carers : "The music is uplifting and the effects from last week very positive" "I notice a tremendous difference during the hour we are with you. My husband has great difficulty in speaking - he loves your music and tries so hard to react to it by speaking words to me - not sentences - but I can work out what he means. It is lovely that we enjoy this precious time together" "My father enjoys your visits every time. He really loves dance music especially Glen Miller but enjoys all of it" "P was very miserable and needed encouraging to attend - but really enjoyed it - much happier now "

Players "What a great morning. I don’t ever remember seeing more involvement from the whole group. The staff are really excellent and make such a big effort to include everyone present in any way appropriate. It is lovely to see the people who find it difficult to speak to us really beaming and mouthing the words to the songs they recognised. It is great that people are now getting up spontaneously to join in and this is where the consecutive visits really show the benefits as we are able to build a good rapport over the weeks and everyone feels relaxed and confident to join in. We are also getting some really jolly banter with the group which all adds to the nice inclusive feel about the session"

Geoff Richardson who leads the group said "Without the support of the Big Lottery Fund and other Foundations we could not bring professional musicians who have special interpersonal skills working with dementia into these Sussex centres. Our work also extends into hospices where we again see the benefit of quality live music as a care intervention"

New Harmonie Dementia care

St Peter and St James Hospice Chailey

Since 2014  a New Harmonie quintet has been playing for patients in the Well-being  Centre at St Peter and St James Hospice Chailey.  Currently with generous funding from the Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing Fund ( through the Sussex Community Foundation) and the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust we are running weekly sessions at the Hospice.  Feedback from the patients and staff is extremely positive and one patient said ‘I felt extremely blessed to be here and to listen to your lovely music’ A group of patients asked to have a picture with the players and gave permission for us to use these photographs.

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We are a small charity ( 1118410) relying entirely upon the generosity of individuals, Foundations and Trusts to support the work we do. A group of over 20 wind players from south east England form decets, octets, quintets, quartets and trios plus a larger group of 12 wind and bass to play classical and modern music from a large library gathered since 1998 when the group was started. In addition quintets and quartets use live music as a care intervention for people with a dementia and those receiving palliative care. We are always looking for funds and if you can help us – please let us know g.a.richardson@btinternet.com

 

LIVE WIND MUSIC WITHIN AN ACUTE WARD FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
(Accepted for publication Journal of Applied Arts and Health )
Geoffrey Richardson, Amy Clare, Sally Stapleton, Lawrence Wintergold


ABSTRACT

This project sought to examine the effects of live music as an intervention to improve the well-being of people with dementia who had been admitted to an acute dementia assessment ward following severe psychological and behavioral distress. The literature search revealed little research into the use of a group of musicians, none using a wind quintet ( flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn ) and few studies involving a group of wind musicians and people with dementia experiencing severe distress. Measurements were undertaken using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) and the Bradford well-being and ill-being profiles. Data collected from individuals with dementia, carers, staff and players, provided evidence to show that as an intervention using live group music the experience had a positive effect upon individuals’ well-being. The number of participants was restricted to twelve – the capacity of the assessment unit – and there was no control group. This pilot study could lead to a larger, controlled research study.