See dates below-



Music In Mind and the musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra present the world premiere of Fleetwood Voice, a specially commissioned composition and multimedia performance by composer John McHugh as part of Regenda Homes’ 10 Year Vision to celebrate the unique voice and spirit of Fleetwood.

 Based on the melodies and rhythms from the speech of the Fleetwood people, this new video opera will celebrate the unique identity of Fleetwood from its elegant beginnings as the Brighton of the North through its rich heritage as a fishing port to the aspirations of the future as the town embarks on a new chapter in its history.

The evening will also feature a range of local artists including Phantom Voices, Scolds Bridal, Cartoon Food, Dave Pearce and Dick Gillingham plus exhibitions from local schools and photographers

> Friday 22nd February  2019

Fleetwood Voice - Marine Hall, Fleetwood



A unique multimedia performance that ‘gives a voice’ to people living with dementia by setting their speech to music. A national tour including performances, talks and schools and communities projects. Musicians from the RLPO, actors and presenters  create a deeply moving and unforgettable performance that will change your perceptions of dementia for ever. 

> Thursday 9th May 2019 

Hidden Voice - Epstein Liverpool

Media release

Giving a voice to Dementia through a ‘HIDDEN VOICE’      

Acclaimed Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & composer John McHugh's ‘Hidden Voice’ begins a unique UK tour with two landmark multimedia pieces based on the power of speech.

Musicians from the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and acclaimed composer John McHugh begin their highly commended and unique Hidden Voice national tour alongside legendary American composer Steve Reich’s 1988 masterpiece ‘Different Trains’.

'Hidden Voice' captures the individual stories of people living with dementia and uses the melodies and rhythms in their speech to create a beautiful and emotional musical experience. As John McHugh explained: “Live musicians, film and audio will take the audience into the innermost thoughts of the people on the screen to raise awareness about one of the most misunderstood conditions of our time.

“The aim of the piece is to 'give a voice' to people living with dementia by setting their speech patterns to music similar to how Reich sets the speech of Holocaust survivors in Different Trains.’’ adds McHugh. “The effect is incredibly emotional. There’s something about setting speech patterns to music that raises the everyday speech to a poetic and profound level. The words take on a singing quality that speaks directly to the audience.”

The testimonies collected during the film sessions were edited and then used as the themes for the music. The 35 minute finished piece was divided into 5 sections with titles such as, “Bessie Was A Weaver”, “She’s No Longer My Mum” and “A Different World”.

The piece has received support from people in both the artistic and medical worlds with the UK's NHS Clinical Director for Dementia, Professor Alistair Burns referring to it as “a unique relationship between music and dementia”.

Hidden Voice is touring the rest of the UK throughout the autumn. see dates below

A unique relationship between music and dementia. Deeply moving and thought provoking

- Professor Alistair Burns - NHS Clinical Director for Dementia