English Symphony Orchestra

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.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1119621)

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Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£3,010

Donations

31

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • The most positive effect was stimulating memories which later, over dinner, lead to many a conversation. Importantly the residents still remember and talk about this activity as somehow this event has resonated with them which is most unusual as most residents struggle with short-term memory.

    — Mill House, Chipping Campden - Downside Up ‚Äì Jan 2018

  • One resident smiled almost constantly, we rarely see her smile. Another resident anticipated it so much he made his way there independently-unheard of! Others were moved to tears. A few residents who like to be up and down a lot were very settled and happy throughout the duration.

    — Hastings, Malvern

  • ‚ÄúMusic makes the world go round. If you love music it cures every ill.‚Äù

    — Resident at The Chace Care Home, Upper Welland, Malvern

  • The most positive effect was stimulating memories which later, over dinner, lead to many a conversation. Importantly the residents still remember and talk about this activity as somehow this event has resonated with them which is most unusual as most residents struggle with short-term memory.

    — Mill House, Chipping Campden - Downside Up – Jan 2018

  • One resident smiled almost constantly, we rarely see her smile. Another resident anticipated it so much he made his way there independently-unheard of! Others were moved to tears. A few residents who like to be up and down a lot were very settled and happy throughout the duration.

    — Hastings, Malvern

  • “Music makes the world go round. If you love music it cures every ill.”

    — Resident at The Chace Care Home, Upper Welland, Malvern

Situation

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.

Solution

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.