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Care home residents learn creativity with Spitalfields Music arts programme

PUBLISHED: 16:08 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:08 14 April 2016

Learning workshop at Poplar's Aspen Court care home [photos: James Berry]

Learning workshop at Poplar's Aspen Court care home [photos: James Berry]

© James Berry

The prestigious Spitalfields Music charity is exploring the talents of the elderly in a care home in London’s East End with a music and dance project being used for research into ageing.

Spitalfields Music Trust helping care home elderly be creative with msuic workshopSpitalfields Music Trust helping care home elderly be creative with msuic workshop

Musician Julian West and a small team of Spitalfields artists and musicians have been turning up at Poplar’s Aspen Court care home each week to work with its residents to create art, dance and music.

The residents express themselves through music, movement and visual arts, guided by professional musicians.

Spitalfields Music’s Bea Hankey said: “We’re interested to explore how the presence of artists can enrich the care home environment.”

The musicians have been leading the residents through activities such as playing instruments, singing, moving and dancing and offering words and stories to be creative.

Aspen Court manager Christen San Pedro said: “The project has been an opportunity for residents to show off their creativity and display their hidden talents.”

The project which included a concert performed by the residents is being observed and reviewed by gerontologist Dr Hannah Zeilig as part of her research into ageing.

It was set up by Spitalfields Music, which aims to strengthen the community in the East End through its learning programme.


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