Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra wins National Dementia Friendly Award

Congratulations to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who secured a National Dementia Friendly Award yesterday for their pioneering work providing classical music concerts for dementia sufferers.

Over the last 12 months the BSO has produced 92 separate sessions to 3,243 people in residential and hospital care.

One of the projects especially caught my eye. The Cake Concerts are another project run by the BSO’s Boost strand, helping to improve the lives of those living with dementia with the Alzheimer’s Society, in particular through its Dementia Friends initiative. BSO musicians performed a classical music concert for those living with dementia and their friends, family and carers all in a relaxed and accessible atmosphere with a slice of cake.

The BSO’s work was highlighted in the debate hosted by Ed Vaizey in response to the publication of a cross-party report Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing in October of this year.

Pictured collecting the award presented by actress Lesley Sharp are (L to R) Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive, Lesley Sharp, actress, winners Douglas Scarfe, Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Lisa Tregale, Head of BSO Participate and Angela Rippon CBE, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador.

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