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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 an English Touring Opera, Royal College of Music and Turtle Key Arts collaboration.

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 @ Liverpool

February - April 2022



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. 


Final sharing

The resulting song cycle will then be performed in a final sharing at the new Tung Auditorium (Yoko Ono Lennon Centre, University of Liverpool). 

Would you like to participate?

Turtle Song is for people living with memory problems and all forms of dementia as well as their companions (family, friends, carers).

  • A chance to enjoy singing together
  • An opportunity to write a collection of different songs
  • An opportunity to perform for friends & family in a sharing at the end of the project
  • Gives a recording of the final sharing to each participant on CD and DVD
  • Provides tea, coffee and biscuits
  • A time to have fun and be inspired
  • Does not require any previous experience or skill, and everyone is welcome, whatever your ability
  • Transport will be provided for those who need it
  • FREE to all participants

The research behind the project

In the afternoon of April 4th, we are organizing a workshop to discuss current research on composition based activities for people living with dementia (and community-based music interventions for wellbeing more generally). The workshop consists of a series of short presentations followed by a panel discussion. More details soon ...

Confirmed speakers and panel discussants

(more details soon)

Pip Bryan
RISE Music Education

Mickey Bryan
PhD student
Applied Music Research Lab
(University of Liverpool)

Charlotte Cunningham
Artistic Director
Turtle Key Arts

Eduardo Coutinho
Senior Lecturer in Music Psychology
Applied Music Research Lab
(University of Liverpool)

Turtle Song @ Liverpool is a collaboration between

  • Turtle Key Arts
  • The Headley Trust
  • 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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