The concert at the gallery will be the culmination of ‘Visual to Vocal’ a project which sees 20 people with Dementia composing a song cycle over eight weeks, inspired by the world-famous masterpieces there.
Working with a composer and lyricist from English Touring Opera, they will choose the themes and content of the songs, and a name for their song cycle as the project progresses. The group will perform their songs live in the Gallery on Thursday December 12th.
“Everyone who has the opportunity to experience this year’s cycle of songs will be swept joyously along and compelled to think differently about memory and the power creativity can have.”
Professor Paul Camic will evaluate the programme, assessing the experience for participants on their health and wellbeing.
“Pictures and music create a fabulous symbiotic bond in which participants can respond freely, and can access creative energies that have perhaps been dormant for a long while.
“The results can be astonishing, surprising, and moving.’
In 2011 the Royal Society of Public Health presented Dulwich Picture Gallery with an Arts and Health Award for excellence in this work of enhancing lives through art.