Turtle Key Arts
Turtle Song: Singing and song writing for people with Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia
Turtle Song was first developed in 2007 as a partnership project by Turtle Key Arts, English Touring Opera and the Royal College of Music. It aims to bring music, movement and singing to people with all forms of dementia and their carers. This is a national project that provides an opportunity for participants to create their own song cycle – music and lyrics – with the support of a professional composer and director and a group of young musicians. The most recent project took place in Oxford in partnership with the Jaqueline du Pre building, with Young Dementia UK and with students from the Oxford University music department, for whom it served as a module for their community music course. In this interactive session, artists and participants from that project will describe and demonstrate how this process works and they will create a short song with the conference attendees.
TURTLE KEY ARTS UNLOCKS CREATIVE POTENTIAL IN INDIVIDUALS, COMPANIES AND COMMUNITIES, PRODUCING AND DEVISING ORIGINAL, GROUND-BREAKING, INCLUSIVE ART TO ENTERTAIN AND INSPIRE.
As creative producers they enable each project to reach its full artistic potential and ensure that participation and education is embedded at the heart of everything they do.
Their work has a UK and international reach through a wide variety of innovative projects with many different collaborators and partners, currently including the companies: Ockham's Razor, RedCape Theatre, Amici Dance Theatre Company, Joli Vyann, Flying Cloud, Slot Machine, Keziah Serreau and SMITH dancetheatre; and recent collaborations with: English Touring Opera, Royal College of Music, The Wigmore Hall, National Portrait Gallery, Opera North, The Royal Court Theatre and Oxford University.
They have played a committed role in advancing participation in the arts by disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded people, and are widely recognised as a leader in this field, often charting new territories, such as Turtle Song for people with Dementia and The Key Club for young people with Autism.
Turtle Key Arts was formed in 1989 as a unique and ground-breaking accessible space; and accessibility for all continues to be a key philosophy of the company.