How to harness music to fight dementia

March 11, 2018

The FT: It is a cold morning in a church hall in Croydon, south London, and Peter Edwards is warming up his singers with some call-and-response exercises. But this is no ordinary choir: the participants are dementia sufferers, enjoying a final session before an appearance at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Edwards leads his group through rousing renditions of “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain”, “The Music Man” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” before turning up the excitement by handing out maracas and tambourines.

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