THE power of music is coming to Saddleworth people of all ages at new sessions in Delph.
Andrea Royle, a registered Musician Therapist, has launched a range of groups at the Millgate Arts Centre to share the joys of music and promote its positive impact on well-being.
From KidzrockUK for children through to the Menno-Sopranos and Saddleworth Music for Life, with a focus on the elderly living from dementia, she caters for all ages.
Andrea, who completed her training in 2015 at the RNCM, has more than 30 years’ experience as a musician.
She currently works in care homes ‘musicing’ as part of the Manchester Camerata ‘Music in Mind’ project and also works for Oldham Music Service with children with severe learning disabilities.
She said: “No matter who we are or what we do, we all are exposed to music and the power it holds – subconsciously via the media, places we shop, the outdoor environment and nature.
“The elements of music connect with us innately because they force the whole of the brain to function.
“Although uniquely different beings, we all have in common a pulse, energy, sound, volume and tempo and are drawn to certain styles of music.
“But what if our brains aren’t very well, because of pathology, physical trauma, mental trauma, depression, stress, addiction or dementia?
“Purposeful exposure to music through a music therapist can unlock potential on the journey from birth to end of life. It supports development and healing in many ways.
“The world that is music is so incredibly vast and is vital to well-being.”
And Andrea, whose ancestors were born in Delph, is delighted to be able to run the sessions locally.
“I’m privileged to be able to work doing what I love in order to help all to improve quality of life,” she said.
“I have lived here with my family for the past decade, therefore I’m doubly thrilled to be establishing the practice here for Saddleworth folk.”