Arts Uplift CIC an arts and health and heritage company is delivering some of its work online amidst the Covid-19 virus crisis. The monthly music sessions for people living with dementia and their carers that normally take place in Bromsgrove will now be recorded from the artists homes and available on Vimeo www.vimeo.com and through Arts Uplift’s website www.artsuplift.co.uk. Glamba’s Nick and Karen Ledbury lead the way with their entertaining drumming workshop and Deborah Rose with her beautiful voice and guitar follows with her rendition of her original songs ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Truth of the Matter’ and also the brilliant ‘Jolene’ and ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’. More sessions from Carol Sampson are to follow soon. Also, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Arts Uplift will be delivering a free online dementia choir for Worcestershire people living with dementia and their carers for ten weeks from 18 May through the online platform Zoom. Claire Fowler will be leading the choir who regularly leads the Alzheimer’s Society’s Singing for the Brain sessions. The participants will be singing songs that are familiar to them and also learning one of the new songs from the Suitcase Stories project. Alongside this, actors with Theatre Director Helen Tennison will be workshopping the songs and stories from the project through Zoom also. She will write with Creative Producer Jenny Davis a draft script for the play version of Suitcase Stories which they hope to perform in Worcester next year.
Jenny Davis Director of Arts Uplift says “ It’s been terrible having to postpone so many great projects due to the virus pandemic, but we are delighted that we have been able to produce some of the work online to connect with people in their isolation. Also, it’s great that we can start something new, our dementia choir and the play development, which has been in the planning for a while now.”