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Music helps to fulfil lifelong dreams

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

‘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.”