A Wye Valley Music in Mind project:

The Music Memory Café takes place every third Wednesday of the month. Doors open from 10.30am to 12.00pm. Entrance is free.

Venue: the St Briavels Assembly Rooms, East Street, St Briavels, nr Lydney, GL15 6TG. Parking is available nearby - please contact us for details.

First session: January 19, 2022.

Come along to a short programme of live music in a relaxed setting, with refreshments and a chance to chat and reminisce.  

The Music Memory Café is for people who are concerned about memory loss or who are living with a diagnosis of dementia or other brain disorder, along with their family members, friends and carers. Information will also be available at each session, provided by local dementia support services including the Alzheimer's Society, Crossroads Gloucestershire and the Gloucestershire Carers Hub.  

If you have any questions about the Café, or if you would like to volunteer, please do get in touch with us. You can telephone Mel on 07966 627 840. Or you can email us at [email protected].

We would like to thank the following for their generous support:

  • St Briavels Parish Council;
  • Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop. 

We are delighted to be working with the following musicians at the Music Memory Café:

Nikkila Thomas - singer.

Nikkila is from Llanelli. She recently graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first-class honors degree in Vocal and Opera Studies. At College, Nikkila focused on community engagement, research, and music education. Most recently, she has volunteered as a musician volunteer for Oasis Cardiff (a charity that supports asylum seekers and refugees), One World Choir, supporting the choir leader with music learning and engagement, as well as supporting the vulnerable choir members at the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen, whilst singing as part of Catrin Finch’s composition, ‘We Belong’.

Nikkila is proud to have supported Wye Valley Music in launching Wye Valley Music in Mind, delivering three interactive concerts for the residents of Severn View Care Home in the summer of 2021, with harpist Cerys Rees. Nikkila and Cerys are currently developing a new program for Wye Valley Music in Schools, to be delivered in primary schools in 2022.

In September 2021, Nikkila was offered a position as Children & Youth Support Coordinator at The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales. Within this role she supports young people with kidney disease and their families, promoting physical and emotional well-being as well as developing services with the NHS to better patients' quality of life. Since October, Nikkila has been developing a relationship between Live Music Now and The Paul Popham Fund, to facilitate music workshops, interactive concerts and music and well-being training for volunteers and to promote the power of music for health and well-being for children, youths, and adults.


Cerys Rees - harp.
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Olivia Dance - piano.

Olivia Dance was born in Oxford and began lessons at the age of eight. Performing in festivals, competitions and concerts during her childhood inspired her to pursue music as a career. 
She has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus. Her commitment to her studies was recognised when she was awarded the Clifford Hartley Prize from the RNCM in 2017. During her studies, she established Holy Name Primary School Choir in Manchester’s Moss Side and regularly accompanied local choirs. 

Olivia’s performing career has so far led to an appearance at the Wigmore Hall in London and taken her to Bergen, Norway.

She currently teaches for Aura Music Academy and the Joanna García Piano School, and is an Associate Artist for SoundUp Arts, a participatory music organisation for people living with dementia.

Olivia is excited to be working with Wye Valley Music and is looking forward to what lies ahead. 

Sarah Waycott - flute/cello.
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Aulus Duo: Ellie Knott - flute; Georgina Dadson - classical guitar.  

Formed in 2020, Aulus Duo share a passion for collaboration and engagement with classical music in the community. Ellie Knott (flute) and Georgina Dadson (guitar) are both masters students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Their most recent education project has seen them working with authors Tom and Joe Brassington to create musical resources to sit alongside their book, Bottled. It aims to equip young children with the tools to develop an emotionally honest way of talking more openly about their mental health. They are thrilled to be collaborating with composer Ryan Elliott to create a piece of music to be performed alongside a narration of the book. The project will be launched in schools across the UK during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in February 2022.

Ellie and Georgina are also passionate about expanding the repertoire for flute and guitar. Most recently they have worked with Birgitta Flick to record her new composition, Tau. The piece was written for The Arc Project, an organisation which aims to encourage the creation of new music through cooperative projects. They also performed and recorded Jared Destro’s new work, Berceuse on ‘Anodd Ymadael’ Op. 80, for the Tŷ Cerdd/National Eisteddfod project for the Encore virtual stage in summer 2021.

Aulus Duo look forward to performing recitals and introducing their project to the wider community across Wales and England.

For more information about Wye Valley Music in Mind, click here.

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