The Alchemy Chorus

  • Performance Group

Alchemy Chorus brings together people living with dementia, their relative or close friend, volunteer musicians and singers for a morning of music-making, story-sharing, laughter and fun.

Founded in Canberra Australia in 2016 by Brian Triglone, inspired by the Giving Voice Chorus in Minnesota USA, Alchemy Chorus now bursts at the seams on Thursdays, with up to 90 participants who swing through a variety of well-known songs from Doris Day classics to The Seekers and The Beatles. While the effect which music can have on the brain, especially for those with dementia, is well publicized, one of the important flow-on effects of the chorus is the opportunity it affords the carers of those living with dementia to interact with other carers and importantly, to share an activity with their partner. Thursday brings a morning of ‘glorious ordinariness’, as everyone is encouraged to ‘let it go.

Every voice is important to Alchemy Chorus. Some voices are golden from a lifetime of singing, some are revived after a recess, others are new to singing in a choir. Solos and duets can happen spontaneously. For some, particularly the participants with more advanced dementia, the morning is an opportunity to let the music wash over. And everybody shares a love of music.