Bringing socially-distanced live music to our sheltering sheltered housing residents
Over the last couple of weeks we were fortunate enough to have the extremely talented musicians, Lucy Hewson and Rebecca Prosser, perform at eight of our sheltered housing sites for our socially-isolated customers who were shielding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of our customers had not been out for up to 15 weeks by this point and the entertainment was gratefully received. The weather held out and, after an initial fight with a gazebo in some drizzle, the sun came out just in time!
Customers joined in from their windows and doorsteps; some came out onto balconies and others brought their chairs outside and sat at a safe distance.
Lucy Hewson and Rebecca Prosser are classical musicians with a passion for sharing the music they love to perform.
We were lucky enough to experience a range of music from a rendition of Dolly Parton’s 9-5 to classical pieces from Handel and many genres in between. Our customers thoroughly enjoyed listening to and chatting with Lucy and Rebecca; a few even had a bit of a dance.
Rebecca is one of the UK’s top recorder players, has toured all over Europe and the Far East as a soloist and orchestral player and been featured on numerous soundtracks for film and TV. Multi-talented Rebecca also plays the violin and piano. Lucy is a violinist (and occasional viola player) who loves to explore all varieties of music: from classical to folk and rock to opera. Her job has taken her across the Atlantic on the QE2, into the recording studio with Robbie Williams and across America with a touring opera, as well as all over the UK playing with orchestras and chamber groups.
We made homemade cakes for our customers to enjoy whilst watching the concerts and it was wonderful to be able to interact with residents again in a more relaxed, yet socially distanced, way.
I cannot thank Lucy and Rebecca enough. They played four 40-minute concerts each day and were true professionals, even taking requests.
I also need to give a big thanks to my Curo colleagues: it was a true team effort and our customers truly appreciated it. Here are a just a few of the many comments we received from our customers:
“You always put on so much and try so hard thank you it was a lovely surprise and the macaroons were out of this world. My only complaint is my diet is now ruined!”
Jill, Hillcrest in Peasedown St John.
“We all had a great afternoon. You are all great – a big thank you.”
Kath, Chichester Place in Radstock
“It’s amazing to see all the effort you’re putting in to getting the site back to how it was. The music was brilliant and lovely to see so many interacting for once.”
Margaret, Hillcrest in Peasedown St John.