SCO ReConnect


SCO ReConnect is a programme of interactive, creative music workshops for people living with dementia. This project provides a series of music sessions in which patients are invited and supported to sing, play instruments, improvise and listen. Sessions are delivered by a specialist workshop leader and two SCO musicians and involve dementia patients, visiting family members and NHS staff.

SCO ReConnect is delivered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The workshops aim to put the patients at the heart of the musical experience. The sessions include a range of interactive music activities, including performances of stylistically varied music and songs by SCO musicians, and the creation of improvised pieces that draw upon patients' mood or movements. The project aims to use live music to improve patients' sense of well-being and quality of life, to help improve the sense of well-being in all staff working within the ward, and to encourage the general use of music in the care setting.

ReConnect 2017 1

The current series of ReConnect workshops takes place in Edinburgh from October 2019 to March 2020.

Read the evaluation report on the 2018/19 series of ReConnect, written by Dr Ana Almeida and Dr Kirsteen Davidson Kelly, below.

If you would like to find out more about ReConnect, contact Lily Caunt by email on or by phone on 0131 478 8342.

ReConnect Report 2019
Read our report on the 2018/19 series of ReConnect
ReConnect Report 2019 - pdf - 6.04 MB