In May 2021 two celebratory concerts rounded off a collaboration between Live Music Now and Apple Blossom Lodge, Armagh in Northern Ireland, a home for men with a range of complex mental health issues.
The concerts were held as the culmination of a pilot programme, funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Arts and Older People Programme, exploring how music could be delivered remotely on a one-to-one basis. Musicians Deirdre Galway and Louis McTeggart held six weekly musical sessions via Zoom, working at an individual level with four residents, supported by staff. iPads, loaded with accessible apps were also provided, and within days, men in their eighties were using GarageBand. Other residents were facilitated to access music online, with LMN’s weekly Facebook livestream ‘Music in Care’ and other resources.
Supported by the Arts & Older People Programme: Arts Council Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency and the Baring Foundation