20th November 2017, 10-5pm

CDAN and MHA present
Music and Dementia,
An Expert Seminar
Wellcome Trust, London


Some of the best evidence for the benefits of the arts for people with dementia comes from music. This FREE event will be of huge interest to anyone involved or interested in working with people with dementia using music.

Speakers and workshops feature some of the UK's leading musicians, professionals and researchers in the field.

Speakers include:

Dr Ming Hung Hsu, Lead Music Therapist, MHA
Professor Seb Crutch, UCL 
Douglas Noble, Live Music Now
Dr Clare Garabedian, University of Worcester
Julian West, Music for Life
Helen Odell-Miller, Anglia Ruskin University
Charlotte Cunningham, Turtle Key Arts

The event also includes John Killick, Dementia Positive, who will be reading from and signing copies of his new book, Poetry and Dementia.

This event is FREE to attend, but booking is essential.
Please book your place via Emailme Form

Annual Creative Dementia Arts Network Conferences

CDAN aims to promote the health and well-being of people living with dementia through the arts. Our annual conference offers everyone with an interest in arts and dementia the opportunity to learn about best practice and to come away inspired.

The conferences will be of particular interest to people with dementia and their carers, artists, musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and staff and volunteers working for arts organisations, museums, galleries, libraries, theatres, local authority social services, the NHS, housing associations, care homes, nursing homes, academics, researchers, students and those working in government agencies and departments.

CDAN was set up in 2011. Our online hub offers knowledge and resources for providers and commissioners and we carry out research, evaluation, training, practice development and consultancy in arts and dementia. We are set to become a charity and grow the network, connect creative practitioners with other providers and commissioners of arts for people with dementia and their carers, besides advocating nationally to raise awareness of using arts to help people live well with dementia.

Tanya Myers

Inside Out of Mind: Using Drama to Raise Awareness of Dementia amongst NHS staff


Based on extraordinary and extensive ethnographic research, Inside Out of Mind offers moving insight into the mysterious domain of dementia using theatrical devices to explore emotional legacy issues for carers and family. National Tour and post-show discussions finished April 15. Tanya will share theatre practice, audience feedback and open discussion (AV)


A graduate from Dartington College of Arts, Tanya Myers is actress/playwright and co- artistic director with playwright Stephen Lowe of MEETING GROUND Theatre. Over 30 years – they have collaborated with exciting multidisciplinary artists and celebrate an eclectic range of work both here in UK and Abroad.

Tanya’s written productions include ‘Small Waves’, (UK/Canada) ‘Falling Angels, ‘Dance for the Girls’, ‘Florence’,Shoes’, and award winning ‘For My Mother’ with Babel Sound. ‘Inside Out of Mind’; Her work is research based and focuses on life/death rites of passage. Methuen co- published - ‘The Fence’; devised and performed at Riverside Studios and Greenham Common US Base. ‘Story Chair’ – a response for children to 9:11 and ‘Pushing On’ – a large-scale street choreography for wheel and pushchairs. ‘City of Women’ - documentary about women in the Nottingham lace trade (ITV)

 As Actress: In Stephen Lowe’s productions, Tanya’s performances include ‘Smile’, ‘Paradise’, ‘Desire’, and ‘Demon Lovers’. For many years - in close collaboration with her mentor - Polish Director - Zofia Kalinska - productions include: ‘The Sale of The Demonic Women’, ‘Plaisirs D’Amours’, ‘Night of the Great Season’ (UK, Germany, Poland, Italy). Tanya and Stephen are original participants of ‘War Stories’ work with Jonathan Chadwick - A-Z Theatre

 Other work includes: ‘Masterpieces’, ‘Sunday’s Children’, ‘Touched’, ‘Tales Of Robin Hood’, ‘Be My Baby’ (Derby Playhouse), ‘Quarantine’ (Birmingham Rep) ‘Glamour’, ‘Children of the Crown’, ‘Toms Midnight Garden’, ‘Crimes of Passion’, ‘Teeth Like Razors’ (Brecht/Weil) and ‘The Promise’ (Nottingham playhouse.) ‘Don Juan Who?’ (Mladinsko Theatre Slovenia & Riverside Studios) ‘Twilight Dancer ‘(Bedford – The Place)

 Recent Films include: ‘Soul-Mate’ (dir Axelle Carolyn) ‘Back To The Garden’ (dir Jon Sanders) - a meditation on love and loss in later life. ‘Control’ (dir Anton Corbyn), ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ (dir by Jim Loach), ‘Skeletons’ (dir Nick Whitfield,) ‘24:7’, ‘Small Time’ and ‘Room for Romeo Brass’ – (dir Shane Meadows.) ‘The Trick’ (dir Rob Green)

TV includes: The Bill, (ITV) Casualty, Holby City, (BBC) HeartBeat (BBC) Dr Terrible’s House of Horribles,( Baby Cow) Coronation Street, (ITV) Emmerdale,( ITV) The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper,(YTV) The Marchioness (BBC) Silent Witness (BBC)

Under the pseudonym Juanita MacMahon - Tanya is a prolific reader for Audio Books - Her favorites include ‘Fingersmith’, ‘Tipping the Velvet’ by Sarah Waters and ‘War Crimes’ by Liz Jenson. French and Mottershead’s current European installation   - ‘AfterLife’ - an audio narrative, set in Woodland – takes people on a poetic journey beyond their own death (funded by The Welcome Foundation)

She is a member of International Magdalena Festival, a senior fellow of Institute of Mental Health at University of Nottingham and member of SGI-UK.


Adam Kishtainy

Music: The Key to Health and Wellbeing


This workshop aims to give you an understanding of the theory and practice of music therapy, including an interactive experience of what music therapy can do. A wide range of fun, interesting and unusual instruments will be available for you to have a go on and you will be invited to listen, play, sing and reflect on the experience. No previous musical experience is necessary and you will not be made to do anything with which you are not comfortable. There will also be a short presentation of clinical work as well as information about the research that underpins our work.


Adam is the Music Therapy Services Manager for Guideposts Trust. He has extensive experience with the use of music for the rehabilitation of prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as experience with complex mental health needs, systemic therapy and with foster children and their families. In addition to his work with Guideposts on dementia, brain injury and learning disabilities, he also works for Children's Hospice South West, Soundwell Music Therapy Trust and is an associate lecturer at the University of the West of England on the MA Music Therapy course. Adam was awarded the McMullen Disabilities Award in 2011 for innovative, pioneering and highly effective clinical intervention in the field of disabilities.

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Chris Gage

Scripted-IMPROV: Evidence-based drama clubs for people living with dementia



Scripted-IMPROV drama clubs have been proven to increase quality of life for people living with dementia. You will see video of the programme in action, hear about the research behind it, and explore why improvised drama is so valuable in dementia care.  Chris will show the online training that enables anyone to run the drama clubs, and invite you to try some of the exercises in communication and improvisation.



Chris is a social entrepreneur and organisational development practitioner, with a specialism in dementia and a background in community theatre practice. He is Director of Ladder to the Moon, a social enterprise which supports care services to be outstanding. He has pioneered their creative and innovative approach to developing vibrant care communities, in order to lead the change that he wanted to see in the care services that his Grandmother used.