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News 18 April 2017 l Health & wellbeing

Hanover residents in Bradford enjoy an Indian musical masterclass

Residents at Hanover's Dove Court Extra Care estate in Bradford were treated to an Indian musical masterclass with the QED Foundation.

The young at heart residents at Dove Court could not believe their eyes and ears when they were greeted by the infectious sights and sounds of percussion instruments in a visit by QED as part of its musical memories initiative. They were joined by The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid, and the Lady Mayoress, Chris Reid.

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The QED program was established to help improve the health and wellbeing of older people in the Bradford area by increasing their self-confidence and reducing isolation through music therapy.

Along with help from trained volunteers, participants are encouraged to interact with the music by learning how to play instruments such as the tabla, dhol and harmonium. QED recently received funding from the Postcode Community Trust to provide sessions for older people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in the Bradford area.

One of the participants, 67-year-old Mary Austin, tried out the tabla and challenged her fellow residents to keep up with her fast-paced rhythm. She said: 'Having experienced the delights of the swing era and bebop, to listening to the modern day ballads of the likes of Cliff Richard, I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to take part. It really gets the circulation moving!'

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Also attending the jam session was Hanover’s Chairman Dr Stuart Burgess, who said: 'This has been a hugely successful and entertaining gathering. It is testament to our ongoing commitment to engage with the many vibrant cultures in Bradford and we look forward to working with QED to host further interactive events like this in the future.'

QED's work is focused on 'improving the social and economic position of disadvantaged communities in partnership with public, private and civil society organisations.' More information about the organisation can be found on their website.