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The Orchestra of The Swan

Orchestra of the Swan has its home in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and is Associate Orchestra at Town Hall Birmingham. OOTS recordings have been Gramophone Choice and CD of the Week on Classic Fm. OOTS award winning L&P programme sees the orchestra working in care homes, SEN and mainstream schools and with many community groups. Our projects have been generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the People’s Millions Lottery, Youth Music and many other trusts, foundations and donations.

27 April 2016
West Midlands
Arts, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Schools
Local Alliances:
Solihull Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance, Birmingham Dementia Action Alliance , Redditch and Bromsgrove Dementia Action Alliance, Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance, Malvern Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

As a world class orchestra we are committed to contributing towards better outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers by offering access to music, live musicians and enjoyable experiences through performances, interactive workshops and training opportunties for both musicians and care home staff.

Our Learning & Participation Manager is a Dementia Champion and we are keen to see all musicians become Dementia Friends and for OOTS to be a Dementia Friendly organiation. We hope to use our music to raise awareness of dementia and to assist people of all ages in living well.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

OOTS is committed to becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation and awareness raising sessions will be offered to all musicians, trustees and will be embedded into project work.

Main issues for our delivery of our work is access to funding to enable musicians to travel and peform, but we have been very successful in recent months in securing fudning from a variety of sources to support this work.

To enable us to reach our goal of delivering workshops in all care homes in Worcestershire and Warwickshire, further funding will be required.

2. Actions

  • Musicians as Dementia Friends

    To deliver Dementia Friends training for all OOTS musicians by December 2016.

    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Music for Life

    To deliver a programme of interactive performances and workshops in all care homes throughout Worcestershire and Warwickshire over the next 3 years.


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • The Orchestra of The Swan - A Dementia Friendly Organisation

    To ensure that all volunteers, musicians, staff and Trustees become Dementia Friends and that OOTS becomes a recognised Dementia Friendly Organisation. We hope to use our music to raise awareness of dementia and to assist people of all ages in living well.

    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member