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Songs & Scones at West Bridgford Library

‘An outstanding way to hear live music…’

Libraries are usually quiet places but over the past few months Live Music Now musicians have been filling West Bridgford Library in Nottingham with music. Songs and Scones is LMN’s flagship programme for older people in the community who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation, and who are unlikely to be able to experience high quality live music anywhere else.

Run by LMN North East, the sessions provide a warm, welcoming environment and combine an accessible interactive musical performance with the opportunity to socialise and build new friendships. Audiences have been treated to a wide variety of musical experiences so far, from a classical soprano and accompanist to world music group Project Jam Sandwich. Caterers Frabjous Events add to the experience, serving tea and cakes on vintage china and adding beautiful tablecloths and fresh flowers to evoke a tea party atmosphere.

In December, folk musicians Simon Dumpleton and Michael Tinker from Bright Season led a festive session of song including traditional carols and Christmas favourites. Audience members commented that ‘It was heartwarming and friendly’, ‘Exactly right content and interaction’, and ‘Fabulous!’

Sessions take place on the second Friday of the month. Contact West Bridgford Library on 0115 981 6506 for bookings.

The project is supported by Boots Charitable Trust and the Thomas Farr Charity.

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