District Musicians is a duo of experienced, professional musicians working to increase wellbeing for people living with dementia, as well as people who are receiving end-of-life care, by delivering high-quality live musical interactions to patients at the bedside.
We have both completed a Music in Healthcare Apprenticeship, run by Opus Music, a leading authority on live music interventions in healthcare settings. You can read a report on our first project, which we completed in February 2021, over here.
During sessions, we play a variety of portable instruments, moving around a setting offering highly personalised musical encounters to patients, visitors and staff. We typically invite participation and carry a selection of percussion instruments for those who wish to join in.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have chosen to withdraw this aspect of our work to ensure that we are practising safely. We also use PPE and Social Distancing measures as part of our safe working protocols.
Our practice draws from a varied repertoire of popular songs, tailored through sensitive presentation and improvisation to suit the mood and requirements of the recipient.
There is a growing understanding of the impact of participation in the arts on health and wellbeing. District Musicians is proud to be part of a growing number of services providing Music in Healthcare interventions around the UK.