Following the success of September 2020 and May 2021, we returned last week for a third tour of care homes to bring some musical joy to residents and staff across Merton and Wandsworth. It was a glorious, sunny week with only one wet morning – a miracle considering the unpredictability of the British weather! Not that the rain stopped us! Concert wellies were adorned and our incredible performers Claire Wild and Carla Ruaro didn’t bat an eyelid, performing their 7th well received concert of the week under a canopy during the showers.
The repertoire, put together by Claire and Carla, took us around the world from British folk songs, to German arias, to music from the Amazon Rainforest! It was a perfect balance of famous favourites and introductions to something new.
“Everyone is so lovely and professional. The music is superb. Loved it all. The residents wanted them to come back next week!”
“A great big thank you to you all for the preparation and performance today. It really was something special. Thank you so very much and if at all possible we would love to be a host again next year. Very happy and uplifted. Very much enjoyed the whole concert”
It was wonderful to be invited back again to the care homes we have built relationships with over the last two years, as well as to have been able to make connections with two new homes this time around. We cannot thank the staff enough for their enthusiasm and kindness during our visits, and it was an absolute delight to watch residents light up, dance and even sing along during the concerts. And excitingly, again 100% of residents and staff felt that their mental wellbeing improved from our concert and 94% want us back!
A big thank you to the Postcode Lottery for funding this week and supporting us in bringing these concerts to care homes.