On 29 August, Tŷ Aberdafen transformed into a music festival site for the first ever 'Tŷ Ab Fest'. Organised by service staff and Nordoff Robbins music therapist Lucie, the festival was an opportunity for the people we support at the service to showcase their talents and perform some of their favourite songs both individually and as a group. To get in the festival spirit, service users spent the weeks leading up to the festival creating t shirts and banners, as well as rehearsing their songs.
On the day, the event kicked off with a tasty BBQ cooked by service manager Richard, before the music kicked off!
The day's line up included:
All Night Long (Lionel Richie) performed by Tŷ Aberdafen service users
I'll Be Back (original song) written and performed by John
Life on Mars (David Bowie) sung by Gareth
Burning Love (Elvis Presley) sung by chef David and kitchen assistant Amanda
You've Got a Friend (Carole King) performed by the Tŷ Aberdafen Staff Choir
Don't You Worry Child (Swedish House Mafia) performed by Catrin
My Head is a Jungle (Emma Louise) performed by Mathew
Other performances included 'Hit the Road, Jack', 'Highway to Hell' and the traditional Welsh song Calon Lan.
Activities Coordinator Fiona said "It was brilliant for service users to showcase their talents and to show how music therapy has helped them not just with music but their confidence, self-esteem, speech and many other goals. There were some emotional moments for staff and families and as the festival was such a massive success we hope to make Ty AB Fest an annual event for Ty Aberdafen’s calendar."