Lost Chord UK, a leading dementia charity, is set to make a harmonious debut at Sheffield’s prestigious Crucible Theatre this month, with its acclaimed Tea and Tunes programme. The initiative, aimed at bringing joy and comfort to those living with dementia, has been made possible through the generous support of the South Yorkshire Police Band, who donated £1,000 towards this heartwarming endeavour.
Music, tea and togetherness
Lost Chord UK provides interactive music sessions that offer solace and connection to people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across South Yorkshire and nationally. This year, the charity has broadened its scope by introducing a diverse range of events featuring its team of skilled musicians, with the goal of reaching an even wider audience.
Already a beloved presence in venues across Rotherham, the Tea and Tunes programme will make its inaugural appearance at the Adelphi Room within the Crucible Theatre this September. The crucial funding from the South Yorkshire Police Band will ensure that the enchanting melodies of Tea and Tunes resonate in the heart of Sheffield.
Grateful for community support
Lost Chord’s chief executive, Clare Langan, expressed her gratitude for the band’s contribution, stating:
“The money was raised when the band played at the final concert of Rotherham Choral Society. Having established our Tea and Tunes sessions so well in Rotherham, we felt that the money should definitely be going to more singing sessions because of the choral link, and we are very keen to bring this new service into Sheffield.”
The South Yorkshire Police Band’s dedication to supporting Lost Chord UK is already evident, and they have offered to help further, in any way they can. This promises to have a profoundly positive impact as the autumn season of events unfolds. Collaboration and musical magic are on the horizon.
The Tea and Tunes sessions, lasting 90 minutes, are open to the public free of charge, with the first event taking place on Saturday 2 September. Attendees can savour the soothing sounds of Lost Chord UK musicians, engage in community singing, and enjoy a comforting cup of tea. Langan emphasised the importance of these gatherings, saying:
“We are very aware that there are many people in the community at large who would benefit from Lost Chord UK sessions. Along with a nice cup of tea and some great music, we are also offering two hours of friendship, fun, and laughter.”
The heart of Lost Chord UK
Lost Chord UK is an innovative charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals living with dementia and other complex health needs. By conducting interactive therapeutic music sessions in both community and care home settings, the charity aims to boost awareness, self-esteem, and overall wellbeing.
From its humble beginnings with 11 residential homes in Rotherham, Lost Chord UK has expanded its reach into various regions, including South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, North Lincolnshire, Suffolk, and the Home Counties. The charity’s influence extends to Wales, and it anticipates further expansion into Scotland, with Northern Ireland also on the horizon.
South Yorkshire Police Band
The South Yorkshire Police Band, a traditional British brass band based in Rotherham, plays a vital role in supporting the local community across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield. Their musical talents are available for both community events and commercial engagements, offering a diverse range of musical experiences, including heraldic fanfare teams, corps of drums, and marching bands.
Band manager Simon Davies welcomed the launch of Tea and Tunes at the Crucible, saying it’s all about making music to make music:
“Lost Chord is a fantastic charity to work with. This band of volunteer police musicians gives thousands of hours a year to support many local charities. We appeared at no cost to the Choral Society, and their generosity in donating to such a worthy charity is to be applauded. Seeing the direct impact of this donation is highly satisfying.”
To learn more about Lost Chord UK’s inspiring work and how to get involved, please visit their website.