BSO Associate musician Hugh Nankivell is a popular figure across the South West where he and his accordion are known for bringing cheer to care homes, hospitals and schools. Join Hugh on a series of musical ‘walks’ from the comfort of home as each 10-minute episode features tunes both old and new.

New for 2021: Series 2

Hugh is back with another set of Hugh’s Musical Walks. This time each walk is personalised as Hugh takes part in an interactive session with care homes and music groups before creating each video. If you would be interested in Hugh running an interactive session with your home, why not contact Lauren Glover on the details over on the right.

Episode 1

At the end of 2020, Bethesda Care Home in Torquay welcomed Hugh along online and they bobbed up & down to My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean. They sang about being In the Same Boat and also saw a special video about a Humpback whale in the Bay!

Episode 2

The BrendonCare Virtual Music Club joined Hugh for a fun session, and created some new songs about Birdsong, inspired by Vivaldi’s Spring. This time, some Flamingos in Torbay cause a stir as an alternative to the Torbay Airshow 2020.

Series 1: Episodes 1-7

Episode 7

For his final walk, Hugh takes an evening stroll under the Blue Moon, serenades us with Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and wishes a fond Goodnight Irene.

Episode 6

Hugh get’s down to the farm where he meets Old MacDonald, his animals and his Brand New Combine Harvester!

Episode 5

Hugh visits the Jurassic Coast for a walk Beside the Seaside and also sings of his Bonnie far away.

Episode 4

Thoughts turn to love in a walk to and from Thomas Hardy’s country cottage.

Episode 3

During a walk in the park discover The Animal Fair,  meet a swan and bump into The Ugly Duckling.

Episode 2

Talk a stroll (and a row) by the river as well as joining a bargeman on the Volga.

Episode 1

Sing, clap or whistle along to Vivaldi’s Spring and Ray Charles’s Hit the Road Jack.


Hugh’s Musical Walks is commissioned by the Arts Development Company and funded by Arts Council England; it is produced by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.