Opera Holland Park and Playlist for Life

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“Music to me is like the air that I breathe. It’s as important as life and breathing and living. Life for me without music wouldn’t be life, it would be lifeless. It would be pointless. That’s how much music means to me. My kind of music.”
Dione, project participant

Since January 2015 Opera Holland Park has been collaborating with the charity Playlist for Life to bring the joy of personalised playlists to people with dementia in our local community.

To date the project has a total reach of over 500 people who have attended the Playlist Live performances where singers from OHP have performed music from individual playlists. To date 56 individuals have received one-to-one playlisting sessions; 39 with an OHP Playlister, and a further 17 with their own activity staff on site following training with the OHP project leader.

The organisations we have been working with on the OHP Playlist project:

  • Royal Hospital Chelsea, Margaret Thatcher Infirmary Campbell Ward
  • St Vincent’s Day Centre, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Chamberlain House Day Centre, St Charles Centre for Health
  • OpenAge social groups in RBKC
  • AgeUK Kensington & Chelsea, home visits
  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, CW+ Charity
  • Olive House day centre and residential home, Fulham
  • St Theresa’s Home, Roland Gardens
  • Nightingale Hammerson Care Home

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“This project has been successful in creating instantly accessible means to songs and music which have a personal connection to that person. The staff who ran the project were very dedicated, patient and took the time to get to know the individual. We are very fortunate that our clients were given this opportunity and it has really given them an outlet in which to enjoy the music they love.” Mel Randall, Day Support Manager, Alzheimer’s Society


Playlist Report 2016

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