May was a busy and exciting month at Music Matters!
1) Benefit Concert at Dublin Unitarian Church
On Sunday 17th May, Music Matters had a Benefit Concert at Dublin Unitarian Church, to support our inclusive community music projects.
We were supported by many diverse and entertaining acts:
Dave Flood & Frederike Bulcke
2) New choir for Older People & those with dementia
On Wednesday 13th May, the first rehearsal for our newest choir for older people & those with dementia took place at St Agnes’ Community Centre for Music & the Arts in Crumlin. 3 rehearsals have taken place so far, and there has been a fantastic turnout at each one.
Choir members come along for a chat, and a cuppa, as well as warming up the voices!
We would like to thank Miriam and those from Dublin City Council, Crumlin Area Office and Sister Bernadette who got this choir up and running and their facilitation of this choir on a week-to-week basis. If you, or anyone you know, would like to join – please phone Miriam or Tom on (01) 222 5504
New volunteers are also welcome to come along and assist with the registration of choir members, support work, making teas and coffees. If you can help in any way, please email email@example.com for more info. We would be delighted to hear from you!
3) Training Event at Dun Laoghaire LexIcon Library
On Monday 25th May, a one-day training workshop - "Take Note: Working with the Older Voice & People with dementia" took place at Dun Laoghaire LexIcon Library
This event was organised and is proudly supported by the partners involved in the Musical Memories choirs: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts & Health Promotion, Health Service Executive, Living Well with Dementia Stillorgan-Blackrock Project and Music Matters.
The training event was faciliated by Gráinne O'Grady, Éilis Hession (Project Manager with Living Well with Dementia) and Catherine Daly (Occupational Therapist, specialising in older people with dementia or mental health difficulties)
Nine musicians and choral directors attended this event - all were very interested in leading choirs for older people and those with dementia.
4) Musical Memories' Bealtaine Performance
On Saturday 23rd May, our Musical Memories Choirs put on a special performance to mark Bealtaine – the festival which celebrates the artistic achievements of older people in our community
This took place at St Raphaela’s Convent, Stillorgan. 80 people attended, including Cllr Marie Baker, Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
It was a beautiful sunny day – so the choirs sang sun-themed songs such as “Here Comes the Sun” and “Bring me Sunshine”
Thank you to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the HSE, Living Well with Dementia Stillorgan-Blackrock and the local businesses, which ensured this event, was a resounding success!
5) Music Matters is Kilkenny-bound!
With thanks to the Irish Rail “Journey’s on Us” initiative, Music Matters will travel to the “Marble City” of Kilkenny on Sunday 14th June
We will visit the Watergate Theatre, to see a show “Movie Mayhem”, produced by Jesters Stage Academy
We may also have a live performance with Kilkenny Gospel Choir – follow our social media for updates!
A Printable PDF version of our June 2015 Newsletter can also be viewed or downloaded from below
Original Content: Choir Newsletter - June 2015!