Songhaven is a professional concert series that welcomes people living with dementia or memory loss as well as their families, friends and carers.
Created by Vivien Conacher in collaboration with Age UK Camden, Camden Carers Centre, the series was officially launched in February 2017 with the support of a grant from St Andrew Holborn Charity.
Songhaven has been very warmly received since its launch, with glowing audience feedback including:
“It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a concert so much”
“I loved every minute of it.”
“Fabulous quality… vivacious… such beautiful voices”
“It was all very welcoming, everything explained in the introductions. Lots of favourites”
“Brilliant – so friendly and the beauty of the voices and the selection.”
“I loved the operatic bits. I don’t get to go as much as I’d like to so this was perfect for me.”
“Beautiful and very professional”
“Beautiful and very inclusive, especially when they got everyone singing.”
“Singing is wonderful- even when the short-term memories are gone, you can still remember words from 40 years ago!”
“People come alive here… it’s a privilege”
“It made me smile and cry, very emotional. Because it was a small space and we were so close, it created a wonderful atmosphere.”
“The way they performed was superb.”