Care home residents drum up mountain music

Care home residents

Residents at a care home in Chirk are discovering new ways to make music creating their own compositions which reflect the Welsh landscape.

Residents at the Chirk Court care home, managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, are taking part in an eight-week arts residency as part of Age Cymru’s cARTrefi Arts initiative.

Community musician Kate Buttolph has been busy helping the residents to use hand bells, drums and digital technology to write and record their own CD, ‘The Rushing Water’, speaking and singing in both Welsh and English about a waterfall in the Welsh mountains.

Mandi Southern, Activities Coordinator at Chirk Court, said: “Having fun with music is a fantastic was to promote confidence and friendship as well as team-working and well-being for our residents.”

“Chirk Court is able to support people with a range of needs including those living with dementia and memory loss. It has been wonderful to welcome Kate and see the residents having such creative fun.

“We’d like to thank both Kate and her arts mentor Pauline Down as well as Gwanwyn who organise the cARTrefu Age Cymru programme,” added Mandi.