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ESO virtual performances

Published on 03 July 2020 10:04 AM

In the past Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been very lucky to be visited by the beautiful English Symphony Orchestra at Drybridge House and the Droitwich Spa Meeting Centre. Their performances were enjoyed by all the members and staff alike.

As the orchestra is unable to get out and about to do performances in person as they normally would, they have instead put together some video performances for us to enjoy instead! The power of music, especially singing, to unlock memories and kickstart the grey matter is an increasingly key feature of dementia care. It seems to reach parts of the damaged brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.

'We tend to remain contactable as musical beings on some level right up to the very end of life,' says Professor Paul Robertson, a concert violinist and academic who has made a study of music in dementia care.

They are just as beautiful as in person so please do give them a listen and share with your friends and family. There are lots of videos below to choose from.

The English Symphony Orchestra are very keen to continue performances in care homes and similar places when it is safe to do so, they have a just giving page where you can donate to help them to continue this wonderful work.

They said: “If you are able to help us to continue our valuable work, as advocated by one home in Malvern ’carry on doing what you do for the benefit of the general public’, we would be delighted to hear from you. Donations of any size are extremely welcome.”

You can donate here. Thank you from The English Symphony Orchestra. 

You can find out more about the English Symphony Orchestra here.

You can find more about dementia and music here.