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Turtle Song @ Liverpool

Turtle Song is songwriting project for people living with dementia. It encourages artistic and social interaction, a positive outlook through an enjoyable and shared activity, and gives the brain and body a bit of stimulating exercise.  

Turtle Song is for people living with memory problems and all forms of dementia as well as their companions.

Since the first Turtle Song at the Royal College of Music, London in 2008 it has been introduced in Cambridge, Wolverhampton, Dulwich, Hackney, Suffolk, Oxford, Stockton-on-Tees, Leeds, Norwich, Croydon, York, Reading, Newbury, Bishop Auckland.  Turtle Song is an English Touring Opera, Royal College of Music and Turtle Key Arts collaboration. This is the second time the project takes place in Liverpool. 

Turtle Song @ Liverpool

January - March 2023 



Over a period of 8 weeks, our team and a group of undergraduate students from the Department of Music of the University of Liverpool will meet a group of people living with dementia and their caregivers weekly to write lyrics and music together. 

30/01/2023 - 20/03/2023 
10.00 - 12.30
(every Monday; participants only)

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 
(Gibberd Room)


Final sharing

The original songs composed during the 8 week period will be performed in a final sharing/performance. An incredible opportunity to listen new music loaded with memories of Liverpool. An album will also be released by Merciful Sound.

27 March 2023
11.30 - 12.00
(by invitation only)

Tung Auditorium
Yoko Ono Lennon Centre
University of Liverpool

Get involved!

We are looking for undergraduate students to join our team. 
If you are studying at the Department of Music of the University of Liverpool and looking for experience working in music and dementia settings click on the button below to apply.

Students feedback (2022)

Are you living with dementia or caring for someone who has been diagnosed? 

Come and join us at Turtle Song and try something new. Free singing and songwriting sessions (companions and carers are also welcome). Sign up for FREE or find out more via email (charlotte@turtlekeyarts.org.uk) or phone (020 8964 5060).

Participants feedback (2022)

Turtle Song @ Liverpool 
is a collaboration between

  • Turtle Key Arts
  • Applied Music Research Lab (University of Liverpool)
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology (University of Liverpool)
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
  • English Touring Opera
  • Royal College of Music London

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