The hour-long interactive performances are specifically designed for elderly residents and feature a range of musical genres. Each concert is led by professional musicians from the Orchestra, and residents are encouraged to sing, clap and dance along — with song requests welcomed!

We are grateful to Tapper Funeral Service for a decade of support of our music in care homes programme and to Rawlins Davy Reeves Solicitors for coming on board to expand the series and reach even more people this year. Together, they have enabled us to take live performances into 18 residential and care homes in the BCP area in 2022.

Wendy Harrington, Activities Lead at Elizabeth House said:

“They love live music, it’s one of those things that actually brings out really good reactions in everybody, no matter what stage of dementia they are at. And I think it’s one of those things that is automatically therapeutic, it’s one of those things that brings everybody together as well. Everybody interacts better with each other, there’s more conversation that goes on…and smiles! You always know you’re doing the right thing if people are smiling!”

Film commissioned with thanks to Rawlins Davy Reeves Solicitors.

With thanks also to Care South.

The BSO is a registered charity and its work in care homes would not be possible without the support of companies like Tapper Funeral Service and Rawlins Davy Reeves Solicitors, donations from individuals and gifts left in wills. This support has a lasting legacy for the BSO and its music, but most of all, a huge impact on the health and well-being of the residents in the homes where we perform.

To find out more read the full press release here

If you’d like to support the BSO in bringing live music to people, you can find out ways to support us here