Bankhouse residents at our Season’s senior living scheme spent an afternoon watching a live Opera performance by three professional Italian Opera singers last Friday (13 April 2018).
The singers represent the national tour scheme Opera in Care Homes, commissioned by a charity, Healthpitch, led by Camilla Vickers who are doing a national tour across different care schemes, community day centres and hospices, providing Opera plays with the help of professional Opera singers. Camilla strongly believes in music being therapeutic to people, especially elderly residents in care homes.
Our residents really enjoyed themselves and even took part in the engaging performance by signing along. 82-year-old Francis even helped out the performances by being a conductor and orchestrating a section, with the performers singing and improvising, according to her baton-swinging actions. Francis commented, “My husband and I are glad that we came to enjoy this afternoon. It was really good.”
A number of guests attended, including the local Deputy Mayor of Lambeth, Guilherme Rosa and representatives of the Australian study group for elderly care, SAGE. The guests interacted with our residents and staff, and also with the Opera singers, following the performance over tea and canapes. The Mayor said: “I’m truly impressed with the show. It was very positive and inspiring.” He engaged with the residents, asking about their wellness and even assisted the care staff with some residents.
A number of our other care schemes; Protheroe, Rosebank Park and Millcroft will open their doors to opera singers over the next two weeks and we hope to bring in other similar projects to brighten our residents’ lives.
For more information about Season visit www.seasonhomes.co.uk.