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Renowned British fashion and landscape photographer, Alistair Taylor-Young, creates a set of stunning photographs that interpret music and dementia, for Nordoff Robbins' We Are Listening campaign.

In episode five of Nordoff Robbins’ ‘We Are Listening’ campaign, Alistair Taylor-Young creates ‘Portrait of the Cause’.  The work is a stunning interpretation of music and dementia through photography.

In this selection of entrancing photography, Alistair explores the relationship between music and dementia, taken from lived experiences, as well as the feelings of those who are close to someone living with dementia.


The result is an intriguing set of images with a multitude of interpretations – ultimately nurturing a wider conversation of how music can be used to help people living with dementia.

“Music can’t halt or reverse dementia; but it can help people to feel valued, responded to, cherished and even have moments of fun and playfulness in a life otherwise dominated by loss and disorientation – something so valuable to people living with dementia and their family and friends,” says Simon Proctor, Nordoff Robbins Director of Music Services (Education, research and quality assurance).

From 17th – 23rd May is Dementia Action Week. This period is all about raising awareness to improve the lives of people living with dementia, and music can play such a big part in this.


Amazingly, even as the brain deteriorates, the capacity to respond to and become engaged in music carries on, making music, and music therapy, a highly effective and beneficial way to enrich sufferers’ lives.


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