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The Hawthorns, Billingham Grange and South Grange

Ralph is the music therapist at three Barchester care homes; Hawthorns, Billingham and South Grange.

He loves music in all aspects of his life. When not at work, he plays the saxophone in a soul band and piano in a small jazz project. Music is a huge part of his home life too. He recently became a father and has been enjoying introducing his baby daughter to the wonder of music.

Ralph’s music therapy sessions brings fun and laughter to the homes he works in. Through music, he reaches out to people who may otherwise struggle to communicate and he has seen how music can restore or replace what has been lost socially. Music can help people regardless of their disability and illness and sharing in music is an incredibly comforting, positive and affirming activity.

Every Wednesday afternoon, Ralph runs a session called ‘Sing with Ralph’, which he says is one of the highlights of the week. The group is full of energy and fun. People in the group suggest songs they want to sing and they play all kinds of instruments including drums and glockenspiels.