What do we mean by a “dementia-friendly” concert series?
Well, for people living with dementia, attending a night-time music event with a long running time at a busy venue can be a real challenge… or out of the question entirely.
London-based mezzo-soprano Vivien Conacher launched Songhaven in early 2017 to give people with dementia (and their carers and companions) the dignity of high-calibre professional concerts, in an atmosphere of kindness. At Songhaven, every effort is made to ensure that audience members feel comfortable, understood, and valued.
Everyone is free to be themselves at a Songhaven concert and we pride ourselves on our warm and relaxed atmosphere. Audience members are encouraged to respond to the music as they choose – singing along and moving to the music are welcomed and never viewed as disruptions.
Songhaven concerts happen once a month on a Saturday afternoon, and are a manageable 40-minutes in length. Each concert features a trio of special guest musicians who perform an entertaining programme which always includes some familiar repertoire from stage and screen.
All our concerts finish with a singalong item, where audience members can join in with the professional artists to sing a well-known song together – always an uplifting experience for audiences and performers alike! A relaxed and social afternoon tea then provides a wonderful opportunity for performers and audience members to mingle, and chat about their favourite music. We also take note of any song requests which will usually end up in another concert programme in the future.
Songhaven has gained a larger and devoted following, with audience members coming back time and time again for our concert experiences. Come see for yourself what makes our events so special! Join our mailing list to receive concert announcements and booking information.
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