Transforming Communities

Alan leads care home scatting session to “All of Me”

As we celebrate the 45th birthday of our charity, we’re looking at some of our most uplifting moments through music.

Alan moved to this care home a year and a half ago following a large bleed to his brain. He was left with aphasia, which affects his speech and he has difficulties with communication. Alan has always loved music, particularly jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, so he is familiar with scatting.

Live Music Now visits care homes like Alan’s regularly. Our musicians get to know the residents and work with the care staff and other therapists at the home to find the best way to engage each person.

Alan’s daughter wrote:
”It is wonderful to see how participatory music activities like this illustrate the different ways language can be used and how someone who sometimes struggles to be fully understood can be truly celebrated in this special moment.”

If you’d like to help us continue our work, creating social impact through music, please donate via our JustGiving page here.

Audio from this video was included in our BBC Radio 4 Appeal, presented by Clemency Burton-Hill in May 2022.


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