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Can singing change the world?

Coop member Amy Bowles travels to South Korea and examines the possibility of positive individual and communal change through singing.

I began singing in public in 2018 when I started working as a musician in critical care on ICU (Intensive Care Unit) hospital wards. Initially I found that when I played classical guitar people were comforted by the soothing and calm nature of the music and could enjoy moments of respite from their own circumstances within a stressful environment. As I observed other singing practitioners, I learned that patients processed their emotions through engaging in music making and singing together was an incredible tool for facilitating these communal experiences.

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The birth of a new over 50s singing group in Sheffield

Robin Grey, member of the Community Music Co-operative talks about his recent experience setting up a new singing project in Firth Park, north Sheffield.

Last year I was approached about the possibility of running a singing club for over 50s by the local ‘Friends of Firth Park‘ user group in collaboration with Drink Wise, Age Well, a national campaign that helps people make healthier choices about their drinking as they age.

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Developing practice of a musician in healthcare

Amy Bowles, member of the Community Music Co-operative talks about her current personal development work.

In July 2019 I was accepted to take part in a Learning and Participation Fellowship at Trinity Laban in London. Fellows have six months to study, observe, try new things and push their own development all under the watchful eye of a supporting mentor experienced in their area of work. I am focusing on my work as a musician in healthcare; looking at developing my skill set for working with people with dementia, families in neonatal settings and developing my instrumental and improvisational skills to explore the more playful side of my music making.

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Time to get singing!

Singing with dementia project funding secured for 2019 launch

Thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, The Community Music Cooperative will be launching their Singing with Dementia project in Autumn 2019. The project will bring singing and music to people living with dementia in Sheffield and Stockport, Greater Manchester in regular participatory concerts. Singing with Dementia will last for a year and concerts will take place at selected venues in both areas.

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