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A Royal visit for Our Music Club

Two women and a man stand in conversation on the pavement outside Bristol Beacon in sunshine with a large art mural visible on the building glass.

Every week we bring together people living with dementia at Our Music Club. Named by the members of the group themselves, this regular session gives the opportunity to be creative with others and share live music experiences. The sessions are always filled with excitement and joy at being able to share musical connections. And this week was particularly special as participants also shared their session with a member of the Royal Family.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent paid a visit to Bristol Beacon on Monday 14 March to view progress on our transformation project, discover more about our work in Bristol’s communities, and be treated to a live music performance as part of Our Music Club.

We welcomed the Duke of Kent to Bristol Beacon with an introduction from Parys Gardiner; the artist behind the beautiful mural currently displayed on the glass front of our building, part of our landmark A New Song For Bristol project. Parys explained more about our work in Bristol’s communities and how A New Song For Bristol called on the public to convey their experiences of living in Bristol during the coronavirus pandemic through words and music.

Joining the Duke on his visit was Peaches Golding, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol and, after showcasing recent developments in our transformation project, we invited her and The Duke to join Our Music Club to share a collaborative live music experience with the participants. As the group members sat and made music with Peaches Golding and His Royal Highness on our sunny terrace, it was clear that music brings us all closer together.

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