Shop now open! Share your love of music and support Playlist for Life. Visit now.

Shop now open! Share your love of music and support Playlist for Life. Visit now.

Festive Musical Tea brings local community together

Looking for an exciting way to fundraise for us and help share the power of personal music for dementia? Why not take inspiration from Fiona, who hosted a Musical Tea in December for over 100 people!

"It's been the best Christmas present ever."

After attending our free Introduction for Care Professionals webinar, Fiona (Kindness call coordinator for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland) felt encouraged to arrange a Musical Tea fundraiser, raising money for Playlist for Life and The Night Before Christmas Campaign at Annbank Village Hall in Ayrshire. Fiona is a volunteer and previously organised and hosted a musical tea fundraiser for Playlist for life with Ayrshire hospice staff, patients and their families back in 2019.

Armed with our 100 Years of Song book, Fiona took song requests in advance of the event and featured some of the selections in a live performance with a group of five singers. The event included a raffle and the sale of some upcycled items to raise a total of £759 for each charity!

Special guests on the day were residents from Temple House Care Home in Ayrshire, some of whom live with dementia. Fiona shares some of her highlights:

“It was a joy to do it. It was great to bring together so many people to celebrate the power of personal music. Some of the attendees commented on how the intergenerational connections were so lovely, seeing families coming together to share in musical memories. It’s totally sparked ideas of what we can do next. I’m looking forward to adding Musical Teas to our calendar of events next year.”

"While I was performing, I noticed a lady out the corner of my eye in the audience who was using the table as a piano, tapping her fingers along to the music.”

Get involved

Musical Teas can be held virtually or in person – all you need is a date to get started. We can help with the rest! Register for your free Musical Tea resource pack and you’ll receive everything you need to plan your event, including tips on organising your event, arranging a virtual meet up, choosing music and more. Plus, great music-themed activities and recipes to inspire.


Awareness raising activities and fundraising are vital for us to support people living with dementia. Any donations you collect whilst enjoying your Musical Tea will go directly to our goal of sharing the power of personal music with those who could benefit most.  

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Host a dementia friendly event

Please always refer to government guidelines around coronavirus when planning your Musical Tea. To ensure your Musical Tea is a welcoming and inclusive event for all, check out our suggestions for hosting a dementia friendly event.

Join us for a free webinar

We run short, online introductory webinars to showcase the profound benefits of using personalised playlists in dementia care. 

Find out more about our free sessions and how they could help you with your playlist journey at the Webinars and Online session page on our website.