Lifelong music lover and community choir founder Brian Triglone OAM was watching YouTube six years ago when he saw an inspiring American choir for people living with dementia and their partners. So, he decided to start a similar choir in Canberra.
Alchemy Chorus now has around 90 members that Brian hosts once a week. The choir gives its members an opportunity to enjoy music, have social interaction in an understanding environment and perform publicly. In particular, it’s a special opportunity for carers to come together and interact with other carers.
Brian’s hope is that the choir will help demonstrate the importance and benefits of social inclusion for all those impacted by dementia.
Following the success of this model, a network of similar choirs is developing around the country, including groups in Sydney, Brisbane and on the NSW South Coast.