Absolutely beautiful lady with a voice to match. I could not recommend Katy enough to sing for you ...Katy took the time to introduce herself to every resident and know their names.
AB, 24th November 2023
Relative of care home resident in Cheshire
Katy is a singing and dementia specialist, performing every week in various care homes, dementia cafes, and day centres, as well as with the Halle Orchestra in their Relaxed Concert series for those with SEN, dementia, and similar conditions. Katy also runs her own series of dementia-friendly coffee concerts in her hometown of Buxton and surrounding areas. Music is proven to have a deep impact on those living with dementia, and Katy is privileged to see this happen and play a small part in the magical moments which music creates.
Where it all began...
For two years, Katy worked 11 hour shifts every Saturday in a local care home in Buxton to suppliment her studies at the RNCM. It was during this time that her rapport with the elderly began. Deciding to combine her musical studies with her part-time job was the start of a new vocation for Katy, as she saw first hand the cathartic effects that her singing had on those isolated in care homes or living with dementia. Katy understands the importance of empathy and sensitivity when connecting with people who live with dementia and their families or carers.
Katy's singing sessions...
Each session has a different theme, for example "Dancing Hall Days", "A Trip to the Seaside", "Old Show Tunes", "Spring Songs", and "Adventures in Italy", to name a few. Within these sessions, Katy sings a range of styles from singers such as Doris Day, Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. As well as singing and engaging with the participants through singalongs, Katy tells everyone facts related to the theme and shows large picture cards to jog memories. It is always a magical moment when someone's face lights up after seeing a picture and hearing a song which prompts a memory.
Katy is a fully insured member of the Musicians Union.
Alongside her regular care home visits,
Katy is excited to perform at the following dementia groups in 2024...
Still Waters Dementia Memory Cafe, Buxton
Friday 16th February
Friday 19th March
Friday 21st June
Friday 2nd August
Friday 18th October
Friday 20th December
Golden Memories Group, Tytherington
Tuesday 5th March
Tuesday 4th June
Tuesday 6th August
Tuesday 3rd December
Living Well Cafe, Poynton
Tuesday 23rd April
Poynton Golden Memories, Poynton
Wednesday 7th February
Wednesday 18th December
Knutsford Friendship Cafe, Knutsford
Friday 23rd February
Friday 8th March
Friday 26th April
Friday 24th May