The film, with music based on the beautiful melodies of speech and featuring musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, takes us into the real world of those touched by dementia to give a voice to their innermost thoughts and to help raise public awareness around one of the most important conditions of our time.
John McHugh, Artistic Director, explains:
'I was asked if I could explore the relationship between music and dementia. I wanted to know if we could film people and create an awareness piece based on the melodies and the rhythms of their speech.'
Hidden Voice is a 35-minute film in five sections, performed live to the film on screen by an ensemble from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Each section tells a story with a different theme. The whole atmosphere of the music comes from the emotion within the speech ' and it raises it to an almost poetic level. It's almost as if the people on the screen are singing off the screen as well.
Inside speech there is so much emotion and feeling and the music helps to amplify this, raise the communication and go straight to the heart.'
Comedian Paul Whitehouse has recently joined the project and adds a poignant and heartfelt short film to the project as he talks affectionately about his own family experience with dementia.
After touring the country for the past couple of years, including a week of events in London's West End, Hidden Voice is now available for download alongside a free awareness pack developed in partnership with The Alzheimer's Society. Visit: