"At the day centre we keep the radio on, and Mrs E. completely comes alive when this song comes on. Since I realised it was Elvis that she responds so well to, I've bought a CD for when her daughter brings her in to spend the afternoon with us."
As part of our Arts Council England funded project, Indomitable Productions created an afternoon of musical memory through song and conversation called An Album of Memories. Every project we undertake as a performance collective has a concurrent community programme. Our current focus on memory and cognitive science has led to partnerships with Age UK Camden, Camden Carers and Elder's Voice, working with people living with dementia to provoke and inspire memory through live music performance.
In October 2016 the Indomitable Ensemble presented a free concert of close harmony arrangements, performing songs requested in advance by the service users we have developed relationships with over the last few months. Roxana was interviewed by Interlude HK about the event and it's health benefits which you can read here or alternatively check out the blog on her website. We also presented this concert back in March at the Age UK central offices in London.
“The album of memories event was wonderful, it was amazing to see so many people engaged with the singing and it was very special that we got to share people’s memories of why they loved a particular song. The a Capella singers sang beautifully and were so generous with their time, sitting and speaking to the audience before and after the show really gave the performance a very personal touch.” Age UK Camden Coordinator
"I loved hearing the stories behind the song choices, and then asking us for our songs." Audience member
"I enjoyed the live music and the skill and enthusiasm throughout the event. Their shared passion for music shone through!" Audience member
This concert format was created alongside our new performance of Still Falls the Rain which was explored in a ten day R&D in March.