Intergenerational songwriting project to connect the Derry generations to music


Locals are invited to participate in a special project in October that aims to reduce the generation gap by making music together during Positive Aging Month.

‘Together with Music’ is embarking on a UK-wide songwriting tour to create a very special album, written and recorded by local communities.

The people of Derry can participate in a two-day workshop taking place at the Millennium Forum on September 30 and October 1, one of eight venues celebrating people, diversity, inclusion and connection.

The songwriting project will be linked to Together with Music members in nursing homes, hospitals, schools and community groups, and the album will be co-produced by local communities, bringing together people from different backgrounds, different generations and ethnicities.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, said it offered the opportunity to promote better understanding between older and younger generations through their shared passion for music.

He added: “This workshop emphasizes the opportunities that exist to help promote understanding around music, health and wellness and to encourage intergenerational connections through music creation and writing. of songs.

“Joining other cities, including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol, offers the citizens of this communal area the opportunity to get involved and show their creativity and talents on an intergenerational level, supporting engagement older people across the region. “

The activity of the first day, September 30, will offer a fun and practical training to young people and musicians.

The workshop will provide young musicians with an understanding of intergenerational music production, the rationale and clinical thinking behind music in the area of ​​health and wellness, and will encourage participants to design and build their own ” intergenerational musical toolbox.



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The next day, October 1, which also marks International Day of Older Persons, children and youth will connect with older groups in their community through a fun and creative workshop.

They will use the power of music and songwriting as a vehicle for sharing stories, culture and heritage, providing agency to the feelings surrounding the pandemic and forging strong bonds, as well as respect and a mutual understanding between group members.

Songs created in these workshops will be recorded on location, amplifying participants’ stories and providing a platform for their voices to be heard.

More information can be found here or by contacting Caitlyn McCrea with Music Connector for the region on 07951736905 or emailing caitlyn@togetherwithmusic.org.uk.

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