Residents at a local Bradford Extra Care estate were treated to an Indian musical masterclass when the QED Foundation (QED) visited the Dove Court development as part of its musical memories initiative.
The young-at-heart occupants of the Hanover Housing Association property couldn’t believe their eyes and ears when they were greeted by the delightfully infectious sights and sounds of percussion instruments from the subcontinent. They were joined at the music feast by The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid, and the Lady Mayoress, Chris Reid as they limbered up with some Bollywood style tunes.
The QED program was established to help improve the health and wellbeing of older people in the Bradford area by increasing self-confidence and helping reduce isolation through music therapy.
Along with help from trained volunteers, participants are encouraged to interact with the music by learning how to play instruments such as the table, dhol and harmonium. QED recently received funding from the Postcode Community Trust to provide sessions for older people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in the Bradford area.
Among the participants, 67year old Mary Austin was able to give playing the tabla a go, challenging her fellow residents to keep up with her fast paced rhythm. /She said: “Having experienced the delights of the swing era and bebop, to listening to the modern day ballads of the likes of Cliff Richard], I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to take part. It really gets the circulation moving!”
Also attending the jam session was Hanover’s Chairman Dr Stuart Burgess, who said: “This has been a hugely successful and entertaining gathering. It is testament to our ongoing commitment to engage with the many vibrant cultures in Bradford and we look forward to working with QED to host further interactive events like this in the future.”