The Forget-me-not Chorus (FMNC) supports people with dementia and their families through weekly singing sessions. We have community choirs in Cardiff North, Cardiff South & Vale, Newport and Llandudno, care home choirs at Penylan House, Nazareth House, Tŷ Enfys, Manor House and Capel Grange, and a choir on the Older Persons Mental Health Unit in Llandough Hospital. FMNC brings people together using song to overcome the isolation often experienced by those living with and alongside dementia, and choristers range in age from 20 to 100.
Their innovative approach is not about bringing back memories singing old songs, but about using music as a tool for communication and engagement. Each choir is testament to the potential of music and creativity to enrich lives at a time often fraught with anxiety and loneliness.
Regular projects with professional artists across a wide range of art forms create original works to share with the wider community. These projects foster a sense of worth, aspiration and achievement, as well as giving the experience of living with dementia a meaningful artistic platform so that others may learn too.
Meet The Team
Head of Fundraising
Carlo Rizzi - Patron
The fifteen minutes when the Forget Me Not Choir sang conducted by Kate has been and will be forever one of the most powerful experience that I will treasure in my life. In front of me, men and women affected by this illness, together with their carers sung and during that time I saw their faces and expression change and…. well… they became alert and joyous. In front of them,
Kate was not only conducting them, but was nurturing them through the music and infusing in them an energy coming from her approach to music (and I suspect to life) that I can only describe as evangelical.
Lorraine Kelly - Patron
I’m so proud of all of you for the hard work, energy and enthusiasm you have. You sound fantastic and much more importantly you all look as though you are having the time of your lives. Enjoy every second and see you soon, Lorraine.
Music & Choral Leaders
Kate Woolveridge, Nicki Rose, Jess Robinson, Katherine Harri, Jacs Hill, Manon Llwyd, Tara McSwiney
Board of Trustees
David Jackson (Chairperson), Jackie Askey (Carer representative), Peter Curran (Treasurer) ,
Bryan Hughes (Deputy Chairperson), Gwawr Ifan, Dr Haydn Mayo, Gwyneth Oakman, Dr Rosie Tope, Dendy Vickery