Healthcare Settings

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.

ReConnect was devised by SCO Connect 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 for individual patients that draw upon the patient’s 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.

The current series of ReConnect workshops is taking place in Edinburgh from July to December 2017.

SCO ReConnect is made possible by generous support from Queensberry House Trust, The E M Whittome 2013 Charitable Trust, The Stafford Trust, J Macdonald Menzies Charitable Trust and The Pixel Fund.

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

It was the first time I'd seen my mum smile in two years
Patient’s son