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Shining a spotlight on music and dementia: Created Out of Mind join BBC Radio 3

  • Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road London, WC1H 0AH United Kingdom (map)
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Created Out of Mind will join acclaimed musicians, scientists and experts for the upcoming Wellcome Collection and BBC Radio 3 Residency Why Music? The Key to Memory on 13th-15th October 2017. 

Featuring in several programmes and events throughout the residency, we aim to challenge the idea that dementia and memory are always interconnected, provide a platform for the unique and diverse experiences of people living with dementias, and explore the power of music to help us connect, communicate and experience life in the moment.

Created Out of Mind researchers will discuss some initial findings and discoveries from experiments measuring the impact of music for people living with dementias, and several new musical pieces inspired by our work will be performed for the very first time. 

We are very excited for this wonderful opportunity to work with Wellcome and BBC 3 to help realise our vision of exploring, challenging and shaping perceptions of dementias and the arts. 



Beyond Memory: Music in the Moment, Saturday 14 October, 18:25-20:00

How does active and passive musical experience enhance the lives of those who live with a dementia?

Sarah Walker asks scientists and researchers from Created Out of Mind about their research assessing the psychological and physiological impact of musical participation, including playing improvised music and choral singing, as well as the impact of passive music listening.

Plus, musicians describe their experience of performing with those who live with a dementia, and how music can provide powerful anchors to identity and the present.

Including live musical performances, location recordings, and the chance for the audience and listeners to ask questions. Speakers include Sebastian Crutch, Director of Created Out of Mind, psychologist and Alzheimer’s Research UK Senior Research Fellow, Julian West, Head of Open Academy at the Royal Academy of Music, music leader and mentor, and Paul Camic, consultant clinical health psychologist and Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

This event is now sold out!


Slow Radio, Sunday 15th October, 1.00am onwards

BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast a one-off, six-hour programme featuring the voices of people living with dementia, taken from the Created Out of Mind Talking Life project. 

The all-night programme will feature their observations on life, their dementias and general topics, which will be blended with music in an uninterrupted sequence.

Talking Life is a series of hosted podcast conversations with people, living with a dementia about their relationships with topics such as desire, beauty, purpose, connectedness, and sleep. It aims to engage listeners in collective conversations with people experiencing dementias about everyday subjects, challenging them to reconsider their initial assumptions about dementia.


The Choir, Sunday 15th October, 15.55-17.00

The Fellowship Octet from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain performs four world premieres inspired by the work of Created Out of Mind and the words and experiences of people living with dementias. The pieces were created by young composers from the BBC Proms Inspire scheme and their mentor Kerry Andrew. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch. 


'Why Music? The Key to Memory’ is a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection. One-off programmes, world premieres and live music from the weekend will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and will also be available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.

All tickets are free. Book here.


Earlier Event: October 11
Dimensions of dementias
Later Event: November 8
Reimagining dementia campaigns