The Royal Albert Hall world premiere of It Takes A City by Toby Young, was one of Armonico Consort’s most epic events to date. 2000 young singers, soloists, symphony orchestra, chorus and bhangra dancers, performed spectacular new music written specially for our 20th anniversary. Conducted by Artistic Director Christopher Monks, the concert in May featured
Armonico Consort’s musicians brought the power of music to residents living with dementia at a Warwick care home and helped launch a search for permanent musicians of their own.
Wine expert and TV broadcaster Oz Clarke is to get on his bike (again) to help us raise awareness of the benefits of music therapy for older people and those living with dementia and launch our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Over the past few years Armonico Consort has been busy developing a whole range of musical activity specially designed to support the mental health and well-being of older people and those living with dementia, in care homes or in their own homes.
Thanks to a grant from Warwickshire County Council, we’re running weekly online singing sessions for Over 60s, vulnerable older people and those with dementia, this summer. They’re completely free and easy to access via YouTube.
As part of our Virtual Royal Albert Hall Festival Week next week we’ll be hosting twice-daily Sing with Simon workshops, devised with the Over 60s in mind.
Over 2,500 singers from our AC Academy projects will miss performing together at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 3 June but that’s not going to stop us singing! We’re creating our very own version of AC Academy Does the Royal Albert Hall – virtually – so we can all get together and sing our hearts out from our own living rooms.
Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to remind ourselves of the extraordinary ability of music to benefit our mental and physical well-being. From reducing stress among employees and improving self-esteem in young people, adding to the quality of life for care home residents to reducing anxiety and depression amongst people with dementia, it’s official SINGING IS GOOD FOR YOU!
In response to Coronavirus restrictions, at the end of March Armonico Consort’s founder and Artistic Director, Christopher Monks, outlined how we were adapting our work and moving our tried-and-tested singing workshops into the virtual world to enable us to support schools, children at home, care homes and those caring for dementia sufferers.