Lost Chord is an innovative charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being of those living with dementia using interactive musical stimuli to increase their general awareness and self esteem.
Lost Chord was founded by our Chief Executive Helena Muller in 1999. From its earliest beginnings with 11 residential homes in Rotherham, Lost Chord has expanded into many parts of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, with satellite schemes in London and Wales. We now have satellite schemes in Coventry, Cardiff, London Bury St Edmonds and Ipswich.
“We are unique in that we are probably the only organisation in the country which visits the same homes each month in order to build on the responses achieved in previous successive concerts. The past ten years have been an exciting journey of discovery into dealing with dementia“
Helena Muller – Chief Executive of Lost Chord
Lost Chord produces more than 1,300 interactive musical sessions a year in 130 homes, designed to stimulate responses from people with dementia through the media of music, song and dance.
Primarily the people who benefit are those clients with dementia in residential care homes and day centres throughout the area. The disease ranges in severity from those people who are in the very early stages of dementia to those who have lived with dementia for years.
Some may be undiagnosed as yet and appear to have most of their faculties, apart from an obvious memory impairment, whereas those in the later stages could be unable to walk, talk, feed themselves or at times even interact in any way at all.
Requests for Concerts
We regularly receive requests for concerts from much further afield. This means we are always looking for more income generating opportunities, because we know that with extra funding, we could do so much more and reach out to many more people with dementia.
The music is designed to improve the quality of life by raising self esteem and promoting well being among people with dementia and those with dementia-like symptoms in residential homes and day centres.