Musicians are encouraged to stimulate this area of the brain by involving their audience
in the use of percussion instruments, clapping in time to the music, dancing or swaying
to the rhythm and singing along with familiar songs.
“Help us to keep them smiling by supporting this unique charity, Lost Chord, which
does so much to help both people with dementia and the musicians who serve them.”
Says Patron Lesley Garrett
"Every concert is a surprise. Residents always react in ways that are touching, moving,
and unpredictable. It's a great way to spend an hour of music making"
The area of the brain associated with musical patterns seems to remain responsive
well after the ability to speak has diminished. This may be why someone unable to
talk, can sing all the words to a familiar song in the right order.
To see a smile on a face of someone who hasn’t smiled for many months is a very special
moment. For a musician who has touched the heart of a person with dementia the joy
Judges Comments: “Lost Chord has an extremely strong clarity of vision and sense
of purpose making a real difference in the community. This simple concept has developed
into a model which could be replicated across the UK”
All we need is the money!
Lost Chord is a charity founded in 1999 which organises interactive musical sessions
for people with dementia in residential homes and day centres. Initially it performed
in just 10 homes in South Yorkshire, however because of a GSK Impact Award it expanded
into Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire with satellite schemes throughout the UK.