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New Harmonie has received a grant through the Sussex Community Foundation from the Marit and Hans Rausing Fund to support its work for people with a dementia at Maidenbower Day Centre in Crawley. Live music will be provided for exercise, singing, dancing, reminiscing, relaxing – using live music as a means of commuting, stimulating, support and fun.

 

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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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NEW HARMONIE RECEIVES A GRANT FROM THE
BIG LOTTERY FUND

New Harmonie has been awarded a Lottery grant to use live music as a care intervention for people with a dementia. In 2016, players will visit Mill View and Glen Vue in East Grinstead, Guild Care in Worthing and Maidenbower in Crawley.

The group will play for three or four consecutive weeks in each venue with a programme of gentle exercise, singing, music making, dancing and relaxation. New Harmonie has now run over one hundred and sixty workshops in more than thirty Sussex residential homes and day care centres for those with a dementia.

NEW HARMONIE on Radio Sussex



Geoff Richardson was interviewed by Radio Surrey, click on the image above and scroll to 2 hours 49 minutes.

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.

New dementia care funding from The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation has given New Harmonie another generous grant to enable a quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn) to continue to bring its music into dementia care. The players use live music as the medium with ‘therapeutic’ benefit for patients and carers. For up to 25 people with dementia there will be a programme over several months of exercise, singing, dancing, reminiscing, listening, music-making and relaxation with both classical and modern music. They appreciate having quality music, are stimulated by interactions with players and captivated by the quintet sound. In our experience live music has a much more positive effect than recorded music upon the well-being of those with mental illness. The group will be working once a month in Mill View Care Centre East Grinstead. Continuity is an added benefit. When patients ask ‘are you coming back’ players can say ‘yes’ giving hope.

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The group carefully evaluates all its work with patients, carers and staff. On recent visits to Mill View examples of patient comments were:- “ I am so glad you are coming back. I am really looking forward to it already” “The music was lovely and really cheered me up” “Come as many times as you like” “ On a scale of 1-5 I’d give you six” “Loved it. Loved to just listen.” “I used to go to the pub and listen to the music there” “Loved the singing. Know all the words. Really enjoyed” “Yes I remember the songs” “I was in the airforce ....” “...and I was in the royal navy ..yes it was very hard” “ Liked the navy song – would like Life on the Ocean Wave next time” “Absolutely. I’ll be coming next week. Danny Boy was lovely. I danced at the end to finish it off nicely”

Dr Geoffrey Richardson who leads New Harmonie said “ Sussex has the highest prevalence of dementia care in England, with an estimated 3,000 people living with dementia in Worthing alone. The need for the sort of work we do is huge. Care centres couldn’t afford to engage New Harmonie so we depend upon charities like the Foyle Foundation to support us. Those with severe dementia can’t go to performing arts events – we have to go to them. Why shouldn’t these lovely people have nothing but the very best. The Foyle Foundation and other charities make this possible – for which we are truly grateful.”

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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

New Harmonie Dementia care

NEW HARMONIE RECEIVES A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL LOTTERY

New Harmonie has been awarded a Lottery grant to take a wind quintet into four Sussex care centres using live music as a care intervention for people with a dementia. In 2015, players will visit Mill View, East Grinstead, Guild Care, Worthing; Glen Vue, Haywards Heath and Maidenbower, Crawley.

The group will play for three or four consecutive weeks in each venue with a programme of gentle exercises, singing, music making, dancing sand relaxation. New Harmonie has now taken its music into more than thirty Sussex residential homes and day care centres and several have had the group back two or three times.

Geoff Richardson who leads the group said “ We are delighted to receive another grant from the Lottery. It is a tremendous encouragement for us to go on bringing music, activity and fun to those affected by dementia - this terrible illness. We are told repeatedly by patients and staff that live music is much better. Carers attending with a family member when asked about the impact of our work have said “I am a frequent visitor and am very grateful for the visits of the quintet. There is a significant lifting of the spirits on Wednesdays” “I look forward to visiting so much more than on other days – the music makes it so much less stressful”

Our work with dementia and palliative care

Over the last 12 years, we have provided over 80 live music activity workshops in 25 care centres; 16 workshops in St Catherine’s Hospice and 6 in St Peter and St James Hospice; 10 workshops in the Iris Ward Horsham Hospital (assessment unit for severely ill dementia patients).

 

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