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  • Interactive Music Sessions for Care/Nursing homes and Community Groups

  • Trained Singing for the Brain leaders

  • Over 30 years experience performing/entertaining together.

  • Wide variety of musical styles

  • No backing tracks

  • Many instruments and props for use by the group

  • We aim to help everyone join in and have fun

00:00 / 02:45
Show Me The Way to Go Home/Side By SideStringing Along
00:00 / 01:51
00:00 / 03:10
NIGHT AND DAYStringing Along
00:00 / 03:40
FLY ME TO THE MOONStringing Along
00:00 / 01:44

We are Devon-based musicians Phil and Mahrey Berthoud and, as Stringing Along, we run interactive music sessions for residents in Care and Nursing homes and for community groups such as Age Concern or The Alzheimer’s Society (Singing for the Brain).


We are trained Singing for the Brain leaders and bring a wealth of experience gained over nearly 30 years of playing music/entertaining together.

  • Greeting songs and goodbye songs incorporating people’s names.

  • Sing-along songs.

  • Rhythm and percussion games.

  • Seated movement to music/action songs and music to dance to

  • Cognitive/memory-jogging (reminiscence) activities - including     rhymes, poems, jokes, “name that tune”, cumulative songs and songs that involve sequencing or rhyming.

  • Encouraging language and giving opportunities to chat.

  • Themed sessions (eg Christmas, Easter, Queens Birthday, St Patricks Day, Seasons, Months, Weather, Holidays, food and drink, travels, names, happy songs, London songs etc…)

  • Songs with a strong visual element, using props – eg hats, flags, twirlers, garlands, puppets, bubbles etc

  • Gentle songs and music for relaxing and listening.


We don’t use recordings, so all the music we make is live, making for a more engaging and interesting performance.  If there is a song we don’t know that is a particular favourite, we will be delighted to learn it for our next visit.   Please contact us for more info.

philberthoud (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot ) uk

We offer a wide variety of popular music and songs from 1920’s onward including music hall, hymns, jazz and songs from musicals.  As well as singing with guitar accompaniment we also play fiddles, mandolin, ukulele, bodhran and recorder, (but not all in the same session!)


We also bring along a variety of percussion instruments that can be used by the group.


We aim to help everyone to join in as much as they would like and have fun, encouraging active participation and interaction through:

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