Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brings music to the ears of care home residents

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BSO musicians Kevin Pritchard and Jenni Curiel with residents Jean Tillyard and Patricia O’Donavan at Colten Care's Fernhill home in Longham.
BSO musicians Kevin Pritchard and Jenni Curiel with residents Jean Tillyard and Patricia O’Donavan at Colten Care’s Fernhill home in Longham.

MUSICIANS from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) demonstrated the power of music to unlock memories when they visited a Dorset care home.

 

French horn player Kevin Pritchard and violinist Jenni Curiel entertained residents at Colten Care’s dedicated dementia home, Fernhill, at Longham with a selection of music.

 

The one hour concert was one of 24 visits to 12 care homes across Dorset and Hampshire by the BSO musicians. For the fourth year running ‘Boost’ – the BSO’s health and wellbeing programme – is delivering a series of mini-concerts supported by Tapper Funeral Service.

 

Jenni and Kevin, who accompany each other on piano, described the musical sessions as “very rewarding and highly enjoyable.”

 

Jenni added: “We put 100 per cent energy into these performances. You never know which piece you’re playing will unlock a particular memory for a person.

 

“They might not be able to tell you about it but you can tell from their faces that they’re really enjoying the music.”

 

Karen Grant A’Court, Fernhill’s Activities Organiser, said: “Music really touches residents with dementia.

 

“It can change their mood to make them feel vibrant and happy. They love to sing and dance while listening to music.”

 

Other Colten Care homes receiving a visit from the BSO are The Aldbury in Poole and Kingfishers in New Milton.

 

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