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Project information

Concerts in Care Homes and Hospices

Since 2007, the ESO has sent small groups of ensembles to perform in Care Homes and Hospices in the West 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 £12,000 for 30 of these concerts in 2019.

January 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: English Symphony Orchestra

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  • Need


    The most prominent challenge for older people living in care homes is loneliness, boredom and social isolation. For many people the worst aspect of ageing is not just the loss of physical health, but the boredom and isolation that can occur with losing identity. Older people in care homes often have long periods of time without contact with family and friends and those living with dementia, in particular, are often under stimulated.


    Research shows that the performance of live music triggers memories, enhances the quality of life of elderly people, reduces agitation, stress and the perception of pain. Evidence also demonstrates improved communication, greater levels of understanding between residents and staff and the reduction in the need for medication to alleviate distress. Such research validates what we know to be true from our own anecdotal evidence and the feedback which we regularly receive from our beneficiaries.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £12,000 for our 2019 programme of Concerts in Care Homes & Hospices.


    » Our ensembles will perform a concert of music tailored to the needs of the residents in the home. The musicians usually play for about an hour
    » Our musicians are able to arrive at a home, assess the mood and level of engagement of their audience and adapt their choice of music accordingly
    » After the concert musicians normally mingle with their audience over a cup of tea, which frequently leads to stimulating and interesting conversations

    What success will look like

    Success will be being able to put on 30 concerts in a year

  • Impact


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


    There are very few risks as we always ensure that the care homes and hospices are properly prepared for our visit and ready for our arrival. We achieve this by communicating with them by email and telephone in advance of the concerts, making sure that sufficient staff are available to support the residents in their home, sufficient space has been prepared for the musicians and that suitable seating has been provided for them


    Donors will automatically be added to our newsletter mailing list and, if they wish, they may be invited to attend the concerts

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Concerts in Care Homes & Hospi Performing 30 concerts
  • Background


    Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, West Midlands


    Care home residents, patients in hospices, their families, friends and staff. The musicians themselves who also gain a great deal from the experience

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been doing them since 2007. The ESO has a good track record in delivering this type of work (eleven years’ worth of experience) and the organisation has the skills and capacity to deliver the project

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mary Stevens

    Concerts in Care Homes Manager. Mary Stevens, an experienced project manager, will be responsible for the overall management of the project

    Musicians Of The English Symphony Orchestra - String Quartet, Wind Quartet & String Duo

    All our musicians are professionals and have particular skills in performing with the necessary warmth, humour and sensitivity in care settings


1100 will cover the cost of putting on 3 concerts in a day