Arts in the community

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CARE homes will be experiencing music, poetry, art and dance thanks to Wychavon District Council’s community development programme.

Following the success of its programme last year, which saw art and music taken to care homes and to people suffering with dementia throughout the district, the council’s community development team has arranged for a further programme of music and performance art to visit many care homes over the next few months.

As part of the Youth Music Project, young musicians and performance artists from Pershore High, Evesham High, Droitwich High and Prince Henry’s High Schools have been practising their music and performance skills and have already made a handful of appearances, delighting residents at Cop Cut Court in Droitwich, Stonebow in Peopleton and Bricklehampton Hall, near Pershore.

Jenny Davis, Arts Development Officer at Wychavon, said: "It’s brilliant to be taking music and art back into care homes this year.

"The feedback we got from care workers was that there had been some really positive health and well-being benefits for the people being cared for in the homes and so we hope for the same again this year.

"The Youth Music performers have had to think about appropriate songs that the older people might like, which is a far cry from the latest chart music they are used to performing."

In the coming months, professional artists will also take music, poetry and dance workshops across the district to The Mill House, Flyford Flavell, Cedar Lodge, Offenham, The Priory, Dodderhill, Willowbank, Throckmorton, Crofters Close, Droitwich, Brompton House, Broadway, Rashwood Care Home, Droitwich, and Church Street Centre in Evesham.

For more information contact Jenny Davis on 01386 565396 or email jenny.davis@wychavon.gov.uk.

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