Experiences from the workshops: Music & Dementia

“Mister Bruin is clearer, he seems to be enjoying the moment more and his speech has started to improve during the workshops. At the department/ward we are also noticing that the workshops are really making him feel better. His mood has improved and he has been talking and singing more.”

Care-staff after the sixth workshop

“Missis Baasjes is able to relax more. Normally she’s very shy, but during the workshops she’s fine with sitting next to another member of staff. She’s singing, her feet are moving along and she is more open. We have had much less trouble reaching her.”

Coordinator after the fourth workshop

“It is very striking to see how calm the residents are during the workshops. They all join in. Some of the residents are able to speak better. They’ll even tell stories and after every workshop they become easier to understand.”

Location manager at care-home

“After the sixth workshop the residents even come to the workshop-place themselves, sometimes even an hour too early. They become more accessible, more sociable and start a conversation with each other more often.”

Coordinator after the sixth workshop

Experiences from ANDERS!

“It is my dream to become an opera singer, to sing in front of an audience like a real star…”

Kaleigh, participant in ANDERS!

“The experience of Anders was profound and incredibly inspiring. I work regularly in representative cross-discipline art making, but this combination was particularly unique. Bringing a large cast from a rainbow of backgrounds and artistic practises into a focused and powerful performance, within a super passionate and talented production team.”

Guy Wood, Musical leader & Composer

“View the world from another perspective. Take the positives from the behaviour of the disabled and the ‘able-bodied’; The power of achievement as perceived from within, rather than judged from without. That ’s how we all learnt. Self-confidence breeds success.”

Philip Curtis, artistic director of ANDERS!


Care Group Patyna
ROC Friesche Poort
Vliethoven Delfzijl
Zorgplein Noord
Laurens Rotterdam
ZINN De Dilgt
Nursing home De Schakelring
Leyhoeve Groningen
Leyhoeve Tilburg
Plantein (formally Patyna)
Various private care providers