Live Music Now

Founded by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in 1977, Live Music Now brings the joy of live music to some 150,000 people each year. The charity's flagship project in its work with older people and people living with dementia is A Choir in Every Care Home.

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A Choir In every care home

A Choir in Every Care Home (ACIECH) is a UK-wide initiative, led by Live Music Now in partnership with Sound Sense and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre at Canterbury Christchurch University. It is funded by the Baring Foundation and is supported by thirty-five national organisations from the arts, social care and academic sectors. It supports the growth of innovative, sustainable, regular and effective live-music interventions for older people in residential and other care settings.

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Live Music Now (LMN) annually delivers thousands of interactive music programmes in care homes, hospitals, healthcare settings and special schools across the UK. The ACIECH project’s initial stages involved an enquiry process which resulted in several published papers and toolkits, and the endorsement of Andrea Sutcliffe (CQC Chief Inspector). Currently, LMN is running five care-home residences with MHA (Methodist Homes) and The Orders of St John Care Trust. Each residency consists of eleven sessions with trained professional musicians, and includes the training of care staff and volunteers in the day-to-day use of music.

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SINGING for life

In 2017, the New Age Music Project evaluated our residencies, and revealed a positive impact on participants’ mood, communication, as well as increased scores on the wellbeing indicators. Currently, Professor Norma Daykin and Dr David Walters of The Centre for Arts as Wellbeing at the University of Winchester are running an evaluation of the ongoing ACIECH residencies. They helped develop an Evaluation Protocol through a co-creation process with the ASC-provider partners, and secured the necessary ethics consent. They are currently analysing the data.