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Live Music Now musicians Celebrate 30 years in NI with 30 performances in Belfast Trust Day Centres

28th October 2022

Live Music Now musicians have delivered 30 concerts to older people attending day centres across Belfast Trust in recent months. Live Music Now is kicking off a year of celebrations to mark thirty years of music-making in Northern Ireland. To get the party started, musician Amanda St John joined older people attending Glencairn Day Centre for a rousing bit of singing, craic and dancing, followed by birthday cake and a cup of tea.

Ten of the recent performances have been delivered as part of the Older Active Connected Programme in partnership with the Belfast Trust Health Improvement Team and the Public Health Agency. Engaging performances by the Live Music Now musicians have helped residents, service users and staff, to connect again, through music, movement, singing and chat!

Kerry McCarry, Belfast Trust Older, Active & Connected Programme Co-ordinator commented “It was great to see how the music encouraged movement through dancing. I was moved to witness the social connections made through sharing memories of songs and lyrics.”

The Belfast Trust, under its Arts in Health Programme, works in partnership with Live Music Now to offer the wellbeing benefits of live music to those we support.

Since 1992, Live Music Now has been bringing the joy, health and well-being benefits of music to young and old across Northern Ireland, and in particular to children with disabilities and older people facing isolation and loneliness through the medium of jazz, pop, classical, trad and contemporary music-making.

To find out more contact:

Paula McHugh, Belfast Trust Arts in Health Manager

Email: paula.mchugh@belfasttrust.hscni.net

or

Visit the Live Music Now website – www.livemusicnow.org.uk

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