Warwick choir boosts care home's search for permanent musician roles - The Leamington Observer

Warwick choir boosts care home's search for permanent musician roles

Leamington Editorial 13th Dec, 2020   0

A MINI concert has launched a Warwick care home’s search for permanent musicians.

The outdoor performance by Warwick-based choir Armonico Consort aimed to boost charity WCS Care’s search for two part-time performers at Woodside Care Village.

The team is looking for two people who can play instruments and sing songs from a range of genres across the years.

The care home community musicians will support residents on a one-to-one basis or through larger group activities at the home, based just off Spinney Hill.

Mini concert ‘Songs from the Plaza’ featured performances from the local music charity including international violinist Salomé Rateau, sopranos Elizabeth Adams and Laura Moretto, and a professional pianist.

Classical music and songs from musicals were performed by the musicians and signed by WCS Care staff for residents who are deaf.

Resident Thomas Gamble said: “I love to play the drums and recently played in a band, so it was fantastic to hear live music again, particularly as it was on my doorstep.

“It brought back some fantastic memories and certainly got my feet tapping away throughout.”

Research has shown how crucial live music is in improving mood and wellbeing, combating isolation, and helping to unlock memories and lessen anxiety in people living with dementia.

Armonico Consort musicians have received specialist training from The Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Singing for the Brain’ project to deliver tailored music and singing therapy to support those living with dementia.

Artistic director Christopher Monks said: “We had seen through our work in care homes across this past year the electrifying results of singing and music on people living with dementia, but nothing can replace witnessing the effects with your own eyes.

“You could see the joy on people’s faces as residents – and staff – joined in with some of their favourite songs, be it baroque or music theatre. The impact this had was extraordinary and it’s one of the most powerful experiences a musician can be part of.

“It’s wonderful to see that – like Armonico Consort – WCS Care is providing alternative employment for local musicians with their new roles, which helps create even more opportunities for music to be a part of everyday life at Woodside Care Village.”

Visit www.wcs-care.co.uk to find out more about WCS Care and the Care Home Community Musician roles.


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