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My first encounter with music therapy was with a group of adults living with dementia. Watching how the music therapist supported the group to make contact with each other, communicate, and be in the moment, was transformative. It inspired me to train as a music therapist. As a life-long musician, I am incredibly passionate about the role of the arts in enhancing and enriching lives. Being able to work on Music for Dementia programme is a privilege and I’m looking forward to working with you on making music a reality for everyone living with dementia.
Outlined below is my playlist – This list could go on and on…there are thousands more…
Four notes (Original composition) – Paul Harvey
A beautiful display of the power of music by Paul Harvey and his son Nick.
I would do anything for love – Meatloaf
This will always remind me of my husband, and our unique rendition of it at our wedding this year.
Meatloaf would have been proud!
Rite of Spring – Stravinsky
This piece still blows me away every time I play or listen to it. A work of genius. There aren’t many other pieces that can put the fear into you as a bassoon player quite like this one.
Paris Concert – Keith Jarrett
Words don’t really do this piece justice. It moves me every time I listen to it.
Son of Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
One that will always remind me of my mum. We had a long-standing joke about this song that still makes me smile and think of her every time I hear the opening bars.
Moving on up – Primal Scream
Whenever I hear this, it makes my think of my husband. Reminds me we can kick back and relax. Life is good.
Wynton Marsalis – Sunflower
Makes me want to dance every time I hear it.
I Believe in Miracles – Mark Capanni
A long time favourite. Makes me sing along every time.
The Touré-Raichel Collective – Azawade
The First Touch – Marcin Wasilweski Trio
All kinds of beautiful.
Sonatine for bassoon – Tansman
The hours spent practising this…never made it sound like this though!
Julio Iglesias – La Mer
Makes me think of my dad dancing with my mum every time.
Nightmares on Wax – night’s introlude
Music college memories…