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Move to the Music

"MTTM is always a lovely night out and meeting people from other parts of NI is very good, it is always very enjoyable and the music is wonderful."


Our Move to the Music project is targeted at older people who may feel isolated and people at risk of social exclusion across Northern Ireland. The project provides free access to selected Ulster Orchestra season concerts, engagement opportunities and sustained projects for community groups, Tea Dances aimed at those over 65, and Musician on Call visits to senior day centres and care homes. The project aims to deliver activities that: 
  • Alleviate loneliness and isolation 
  • Improve wellbeing 
  • Support those with limited access to engage in musical experiences 

The Move to the Music project is supported by JTI and is delivered in partnership with Age NI and Community Arts Partnership.

Move to the Music: Concerts  

The Move to the Music concert scheme reaches people over 65 who may be experiencing isolation. Participants enjoy door to door transportation to Belfast and regional concerts and refreshments during intermission. This provides participants with the chance to meet up and make new friends at concerts, all while experiencing live orchestral music. Many cite the Move to the Music evening as one of the only social events they are able to get out to.

Great music, nice people. Good fun

An evening of music in lovely surroundings with good company… altogether a lovely evening when one is alone  

It enabled me to attend such an event on my own – fantastic 

My treat for the month  

The opportunity to listen to music in company with like-minded others. Lovely variety of music and reminiscent of early years 

A change to be picked up at my door and looked after by a friendly and helpful driver  

It is a wonderful experience for many “Seniors” living alone in rural areas who cannot drive to the venues. Something to look forward to in the darker evening and being transported safely to and from home is extremely appreciated. Some also make new friends who they can then meet with for fellowship at other times and helps keep many connected to life outside four walls.


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