Wanted: Musicians for huge charity musical mash-up for BBC Music Day

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People getting involved at a previous event organised by Alzheimer’s Support

BBC Wiltshire is calling on musicians to join a community music mash-up with people living with dementia.

The station is teaming up with charity Alzheimer’s Support for a day that celebrates local music and brings the community together.

Anyone from singers and rappers to flutists and guitar players are invited to Devizes Corn Exchange between 5pm and 7.30pm on September 26.

The musical mash-up, which will be broadcast live on BBC Wiltshire, is part of the broadcaster’s Music Day, which this year seesstations across the UK celebrating what music can do for wellbeing and community.

BBC Wiltshire editor Mary Sanders said: “We want to bring as many people as possible together on September 26. We’ve got some amazing local talent in Wiltshire and this is a chance to get it all under one roof while doing something positive with people living with dementia and their family and friends.

“So no matter where you live, what you do or what kind of music you play – if you are able to get involved please get in touch.”

Bands, soloists or anyone with a flair for music can come along on the day. Musicians will be able to play one of their favourite pieces before they are teamed up with someone to jam together.

At the end of the session everyone will come together for a rendition of the Beatles’ Let It Be.

People getting involved at a previous event organised by Alzheimer’s Support

Alzheimer’s Support CEO Babs Harris said: “We want to build musical connections between people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. People living with dementia often have an incredible connection with music and it will be wonderful to bring different cultures and different genres of music together so everyone taking part can learn something and experience something new.

“Our own Music for the Mind groups will be represented and we are looking for musicians of diverse backgrounds and traditions to join us, not to perform as such, but for a joyful evening of musical sharing.” 

BBC Wiltshire has been at the forefront of promoting music in the county. Earlier this month the station showcased local talent on their stage at the National Armed Forces Day and in November it brought together a one-off choir to commemorate the centenary of the end of the end of the First World War. It also broadcasts BBC Introducing in the West every Saturday from 8pm to 10pm, playing unsigned talent from across the region.

For further information visit www.bbc.co.uk/events/e2gfbp

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