Music helps to fulfil lifelong dreams

Hundreds of people celebrated the positive effects of music at Sage Gateshead as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 23 July, 2018, 11:07

‘Well Tuned’ was a celebration of the musical skills and experience of people over the age of 50 in the North of England. The day-long event featured free performances, a large-scale mass sing-a-long, percussion workshop and exhibitors, all highlighting the positive effects music has on people’s wellbeing.

All performers were part of Sage Gateshead’s Silver Programme, which offers a diverse range of musical classes and workshops for people over 50 in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment.

Richard Groves, of Morpeth, said joining the Silver Programme had fulfilled a lifetime ambition.

He said: “There are opportunities to try out all kinds of music without any pressure. I have a fuller social life than I could ever imagine, which I never thought would happen once I left work.

“To be in a band has fulfilled a lifetime ambition for me and has given me confidence in lots of ways.”

Phil Davids, Silver Programme Leader, said: “It’s never too late to discover or rediscover a passion for music; a fact that is demonstrated by our Silver Programme participants.”