Wellbeing & Health

North Wales dementia choir on song in first ever live performance

AN inspiring choir for people living with or alongside dementia performed for the first time in front of a packed audience.

Wales-based charity Forget-me-not Chorus (FMNC) hosts weekly singing sessions in care homes, communities and hospitals across the UK to bring the joy of singing to people living with dementia, and those who support them. 

FMNC’s North Wales community sessions have welcomed new members to Saturday afternoon events at Bodelwyddan Village Hall near Rhyl, where more than 25 members put on an emotional, rousing show for more than 30 guests at the weekend. 

The choir sang a selection of Welsh classics including Calon Lan, Green Green Grass of Home and Sosban Fach, as well as hits from The Carpenters and more.

FMNC North Wales Session Coordinator Toby Fagan said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and we are so thankful to everyone who came along to support us.

“We have grown from just a handful of members and hope more will join us throughout the year because this is a fantastic way to make friends in a warm, welcoming environment.

“Everyone sang so well, from the bottom of their hearts, and it was a great way for us to demonstrate the hard work and fun we have had as a group over past months.”

Sessions take place every week and are a fun way to meet other people who know what it’s like living with or alongside dementia, lift spirits and enjoy the many benefits of music.

FMNC CEO Kate Woolveridge added: “We hope more families living with dementia will come and join us for an uplifting couple of hours of joy and laughter every Saturday.”

The charity has repeatedly demonstrated that the joy of singing has a unique power to connect and communicate with and make a real difference to those living with dementia and those who love and care for them.

For more information about FMNC North Wales please contact Toby on toby@forgetmenotchorus.com or 01492 472172

Those interested can also join FMNC anywhere in the UK with their online sessions by contacting hello@forgetmenotchorus.com or 02922 362 064

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