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Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure

Discover the extent of music’s ability to combat dementia, as Vicky forms a choir of people all living with dementia.

About the programme

BAFTA award winning actress Vicky McClure and her mum cared for Vicky’s grandmother through her dementia and saw first-hand how singing and music calmed her. 

Now, she’s joining forces with some of the country’s leading experts measure the emotional and physical responses of Vicky's choir, as they prepare to put on a major performance. Meeting scientists exploring pioneering techniques and cutting edge scanning technology, in order to reveal how music can stimulate a brain damaged by dementia. To find out more, visit the BBC programme page .

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In conversation with Vicky McClure

In an exclusive interview, Vicky McClure discusses her personal experience with dementia and what she hopes people watching will take away from the series:

Meet the OU experts

Dr Geraldine Boyle, The Open University
Dr Geraldine BoyleSenior Lecturer, (Health) Nursing - School of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care NursingVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Geraldine Boyle, The Open University
Dr Geraldine BoyleSenior Lecturer, (Health) Nursing - School of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care Nursing

Geraldine is a Senior Lecturer (Health) in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care. She is a member of the National Mental Capacity Forum and the Socio-Legal Studies Association and is also an Editor for the journal: Health and Social Care in the Community.

She is currently undertaking qualitative research on the wellbeing of young adult carers.

Dr Terence CurranAssociate Lecturer & Honorary Associate in MusicVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Terence CurranAssociate Lecturer & Honorary Associate in Music

Terence joined the Open University in 2009 as an Associate Lecturer, teaching on the MA in Music and undergraduate modules in the arts and humanities, and is also an Honorary Associate in Music.

His early career was spent working as a performer and instrumental tutor but he has also worked in music publishing, the recording industry, broadcasting, and arts management.

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