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Branch Get-Together: Wed 14th September

Message from Branch Chair: David Adams:

“To Edinburgh Branch Members, Families and Volunteers,

It happens that we have an opportunity next week to gather respectfully together during a time of national mourning. I hope you will feel able to come (while taking due care and precautions regarding Covid). It is important, I believe, to meet at times like this, and that we should take advantage of the arrangement that was already in place to do so.

Branch Meeting on Wednesday 14th September: 2pm at Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre, 1A Clark Road EH5 3BD
[Busses 14, 21, 23]

We will begin with a mark of respect. We will have time for reacquaintance with one another. And we can then move to Branch Matters.

During our meeting, Monica Wilkinson will introduce an important new Music and Movement Research Project for people with Parkinson’s, in association with Queen Margaret University: Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

Musician and educator Emile Jaques Dalcroze (1865 – 1950) believed that music and movement are inextricably linked. Today, his method is being applied across the world in a wide variety of situations. For example, extensive research in Switzerland has proved that older people who attend a class every week are 50% less likely to fall. Benefits across the whole spectrum of classes feature social interaction, listening/processing skills, improved co-ordination and very importantly, enjoyment.
With Dalcroze specialist Monica Wilkinson, Dr Giorgos Tsiris and Dr Anna Lloyd are interested in exploring how his method can support those aiming to live well with Parkinson’s.
Six weekly workshops will run this autumn and we are looking for participants.

Monica will give everyone a chance to join a couple of Dalcrozian activities and hear more about the study. No musical experience is required.

Monica completed her training at Institute Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva in 2015. Highly experienced in music education with people aged 3 – 93, her energy and enthusiasm are infectious. She has a varied freelance practice and lectures at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow. Her Dalcroze work has taken her around the world, with visits to Australia, Ukraine, and Geneva in 2018-19.

I look forward to meeting you.

With best wishes,

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