Adults & Older People

Live Music Now Scotland offers bespoke performances for adults and older people, many with a range of needs including living with dementia, social isolation or additional support needs.

Young musician shows older woman how to play the strings of a wooden harp.

Each year, our musicians deliver hundreds of performances and workshops, bringing the transformative power of music to thousands of people across Scotland.

To be part of an audience, sharing a live music experience is a sensory and inclusive opportunity for them to spend time together with family, friends and carers in their own environment, making it unique and enjoyable for all.Riverbank Resource Centre, Stirling

LMNS works in a range of settings for adults and older people including:

  • Day centres and residential care facilities for adults with additional support needs or in respite care
  • Day centres and care homes for older people with dementia related illness
  • Lunch and social clubs for older people
  • Public dementia friendly performances with partners including National Galleries of Scotland, Capital Theatres, Luminate, Glasgow Life and Macrobert Arts Centre.
  • Creative projects with multicultural musicians who are seeking asylum
  • Veterans
  • Adults in hospital and hospices

Projects for Adults & Older People

We offer a variety of sessions, ranging from one-off concerts and creative music projects to longer term residency programmes, tailored to suit the needs of those participating. Our musicians consult with staff in the planning and delivery of all activities.

Musician in Residence Programme

Composing with Care

Sing Me a New Song

Time for Traditional Tunes

Dementia Friendly Performances

Together in Tune

Traditions of the World Unite

The daughter of one of our residents couldn’t believe how her Dad had actually listened and enjoyed the music. “I haven’t seen the look of enjoyment on my Dad’s face for a long time.”Mosswood Care Home

Focus on our work with older people

Older people in care homes often have long periods of time without contact from family and friends, leading to social and emotional isolation with increasing numbers of people being diagnosed as living with dementia. Locally and nationally, authorities are recognising this as an issue that needs a comprehensive approach and are introducing new strategies to deal with the social and wellbeing effects of dementia. A key theme of improving quality of life for those living with dementia is lessening the use of medicines and increasing participation in group or creative activity.

It has been shown that participating in arts activities is extremely beneficial for older people with dementia, improving such things as communication, memory, enjoyment of life and creative thinking. Recent research featured in the 2018 Cochrane Review and by the Music Health Foundation acknowledges the value for people taking part in arts programmes including:

  • improved symptoms of depression and overall behavioural problems
  • reduce levels of anxiety and improve emotional well-being, including quality of life
  • improved communication between residents and between residents and staff
  • a sense of self-identity and a feeling of being valued
  • positive effects on physical wellbeing through taking part in singing and dancing
  • enhanced opportunities for individual care by using the music sessions as a way of increasing staff knowledge of each person in their care

Those who have taken part in LMNS sessions tell us that they feel happier, more stimulated and less lonely.

It is widely evidenced that participating in music activities can be beneficial for mental and physical wellbeing through lifting moods and decreasing anxiety levels.  Specifically, for older people living with dementia, research shows music activities support improved communication, articulation of emotions, memory/cognitive functions, eating, dressing, taking medication, sleeping, engagement with the outside world, enjoyment of life and creative thinking.

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Making a Difference...

How LMNS is providing music and opportunities for people across Scotland.

Live Music Now Scotland celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2024/25. “We wanted to celebrate in areas across Scotland, in settings which mean so much to us. These places are where the impact happens", says LMNS Director Carol Main.

A collaboration between Live Music Now Scotland and PRISMA resulted in a Mexico residency for LMNS traditional fiddler Roo Geddes.

I really wanted the piece to be interactive. I wanted the audience and the performers to enjoy it, and to give them something to take away.

This summer Live Music Now Scotland was delighted to announce the next stage in an ongoing collaboration with Skye Chamber Music: a residency for LMNS musician Sophie Rocks.

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We are always happy to discuss new projects, opportunities or ways that we can help make music happen in your venue or community.