Project information

Concerts in Care Homes

Since 2007 ESO has sent small groups of ensembles to perform in Care Homes in the Midlands. These concerts bring a sense of shared joy to people who may have been in a world of their own for some time. We aim to raise £6000 for 30 of these concerts in 2015.

February 2015 - December 2015

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  • Need


    Music can provide comfort and hope to listeners in all stages of life but all too often when people reach their last days, the music stops. The ESO musicians are all passionate about performing in residential and nursing homes. Here is a link to some clips of the ground breaking DVD, ‘Music to Lift the Spirit’, which was produced primarily to entertain people living with dementia. If you would like to know more about this inspiring project, please visit our website.


    Music is the one art form which can still communicate directly to people with severe dementia. It triggers a response of pure joy and shared memories. To ensure that this is more than just a brief interlude, at the end of a concert we leave a DVD of our groups performing their repertoire with the care homes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £12,000 for our 2015 programme of Concerts in Care Homes.


    » Our ensembles will perform a concert of material tailored to the needs of the home, socialising and interacting with residents after the concert.
    » We shall leave behind a DVD 'Music to Lift the Spirit', a film of all our musicians, produced primarily to entertain people living with dementia.

    What success will look like

    Amongst other methods of feedback, we are planning to work in partnership with the University of Worcester's Department of Association of Dementia Studies.

  • Impact


    We hope that our concerts and DVD can provide a template for other Arts organisations and encourage them to set up similar schemes in their areas


    We always have to ensure that the care homes are properly prepared for our visit and ready for our arrival. We achieve this by talking to them


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Care home concerts Performing 30 concerts in Care Homes during 2015
  • Background


    Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands


    Residents of Residential and Nursing Homes, their families and staff

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been doing this since 2007

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Corinne Frost

    Corinne is a cellist with ESO who established these concerts as part of our outreach work and performs in them

    Catherine Handley

    Catherine is a flautist with ESO and performs in these concerts as the leader of the Wind Quartet and part of the flute-harp duo.

Corinne Frost and Stephen Warner in a Malvern home

Corinne Frost and Stephen Warner in a Malvern home