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Manchester Camerata

‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times) and a Registered Charity, Manchester Camerata has a restless ambition to redefine what an orchestra can do. The only orchestra to carry the city’s name, Camerata has the spirit of Manchester running through its veins. We pop up in all sorts of places – from concert halls to car parks – and collaborate with artists as diverse as classical superstar Martha Argerich and the Hacienda DJs. We like to take risks. Last year, we blindfolded the audience in a multi-sensory experience at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Our pioneering Camerata in the Community programme is at the heart of our redefining ambitions. Our work covers three specialist areas – schools, health and wellbeing, and our youth programme – and is backed by academic research, which shows the real impact of what we do.

10 May 2017
North West
Arts, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Clinical Commissioning Group, Education Sector, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Medical, Recreation, Schools, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Tameside and Glossop Dementia Action Alliance, Manchester 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?

Manchester Camerata carry out ground-breaking work for people living with dementia, bringing together trained music therapists and musicians to work with individuals and groups through music therapy. Independent research demonstrates that our work improves the overall physical and mental wellbeing of people living with dementia, and in some cases project participants have stopped needing to take medication or access health services as a result of our projects.

Manchester Camerata projects take place in Care settings and Community venues, and bring together stakeholders and partners from clinical, cultural and community settings in order to deliver our work effectively and creatively. We feel that our work in this area effectively meets many of the desired outcomes set out in the National Dementia Declaration, including:

Participants given control to choose whether to engage with our work.Participants have information and support and can have fun with a network of others, including people in a similar position to them. Carers also have their own support network, and training opportunities.Participants are treated with dignity and respectParticipants feel safe and supported at home and in their communities, particularly involving cultural opportunities.Participants are listened to and have their views considered.




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

Challenges tend to involve raising awareness with funding organisations, with regard to the effectiveness and value of our work. Funding often can not support sustained projects or ongoing legacy, thus making it difficult to measure long term impact of projects forlonger than 3-4 months. Carers can often perceive music therapy as a 'diversionary' entertainment tool rather than a clinical process.  

2. Actions