Here, at Bristol Care Homes, we know how important music can be for the well-being of care home residents. That’s why we make sure that the residents across our four homes in Bristol and South Gloucestershire enjoy live music concerts, delivered in person by many talented local artists. Here is an example.
When we heard about Bristol Beacon’s initiative of joining forces with the London Symphony Orchestra in broadcasting concerts to care homes across the country, we were more than happy to support them. The concerts are a way of expressing gratitude to staff and residents for their hard work and resilience.
Following two previous successful broadcasts in 2021 and 2022, Bristol Beacon is collaborating this year with London Symphony Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra in bringing live orchestral music to care home residents.
London Symphony Orchestra Live from Bath Forum
The first concert was broadcasted live on the 13th of March, but it is available for one month on YouTube so that care homes can screen it for their residents at a time that suits them. Click here to start watching the recorded live stream.
Aurora Orchestra Live from Bristol Cathedral
The second concert took place on the 22nd of March at Bristol Cathedral. Aurora Orchestra performed Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. All care homes in the country, including Bristol care homes, were invited to tune in for free and stream the concert to their residents and staff.
Our Chairman, Geoff Crocker, said: “This close partnership with Bristol Beacon is really fantastic, because it allows us to bring high-quality musical experiences to those residents who would otherwise be unable to be included.”
Through sponsoring the free live stream, we are supporting Bristol Beacon in reaching music lovers in care homes across the UK, including our South Gloucestershire and Bristol homes’ residents.
Louise Mitchell CBE, Chief Executive of Bristol Beacon, said: “We know that music is such a powerful tool for wellbeing, and sharing the sheer joy of orchestral music with others only amplifies its impact. To be able to share this experience with care home residents and staff is a real privilege.”
Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of London Symphony Orchestra, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with Bristol Beacon for another concert in the South West this spring, and to be able to repeat the feat of sharing it to care homes across the country is thrilling and rewarding for us all.”
Great feedback from homes’ residents
Some of the residents’ comments on the streamed concerts include: “I didn’t realise it was going to be so emotional.” and “I think it’s incredible – it feels as though you could be there.”
It is a great honour for us here at Bristol Care Homes to be supporting this collection of free events programmed especially for care home residents who can enjoy the sounds of Beethoven, Messiaen, and Mahler.