Improving Life After Brain Injury

Music after Brain Injury

Headway UK has published a feature about Music After Brain Injury which includes a performance by our very own Survivors Chorus – “I Like The Flowers”.

Unfortunately there wasn’t enough space to include the piece written by Pete Williams in Headway UK’s feature – so here it is:

“Hello,

I’m Pete, a professional musician and Learning Coordinator at Headway Black Country. I lead the music making sessions at our centre in Dudley on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

I have been working for two years with a dedicated and talented bunch of clients, volunteers and staff. The positive effect of music for individual clients is evident from these creative and enjoyable weekly sessions.

We have formed a choir ‘ The Survivors Chorus’ and we have performed at a few venues around the West Midlands. We always put a festive set together for our annual Headway Christmas lunch.

Clients take responsibility for choosing the right songs to fit into our repertoire. There are always lively discussions around this. Different keys/approaches and arrangements are tried before a song gets into our musical portfolio.

Apart from some ‘A cappella’ songs, most have simple guitar, percussion and Ukulele accompaniment played by the group. Our songs span many genres and cover a broad cultural history of popular world music and song.

We are planning to expand our public performances and to make a 4 track E.P. to raise awareness of Headway Black Country and hopefully inspire some people with the power of music as therapy.

You can listen to our take on a few traditional songs here https://m.soundcloud.com/user-851912076/ 

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