Festive Folk Concert brings Christmas cheer to Cramlington care home residents

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Astor FiddlersA fiddle and folk concert brought festive fun to a Cramlington care home in the run up to Christmas.

Astor Court and Lodge View Care Home, a residential and nursing home which also provides specialist care to those living with dementia, hosted the concert as part of an on-going music therapy programme at the home, held in partnership with national charity Music In Hospitals.

Residents and staff danced and sang along as Ashington-based music duo Robert Whitehead and Tom McConville played piano accordion and fiddle music and sang popular traditional folk songs.

The concert was provided by charity Music In Hospital (MIH).  The aim of the charity is to improve the quality of life of adults and children living with illness or disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music.

The charity works in partnership with a variety of organisations, healthcare trusts and grant givers to deliver a range of one-off sessions and on-going programmes.

The concert marked the first in a series of on-going concerts at Astor Court and Lodge View performed by high level professional musicians sourced by the charity. The concert was made possible thanks to the generosity of Durham-based Sheburn House Charity who provided the grant to Music In Hospitals which helped to pay for the cost of the concert and hiring the entertainers.

Richard Dobinson, Activities Coordinator at Astor Court and Astor Lodge View care home said: “It was a fantastic afternoon for all involved.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the performance and there was lots of smiles, laughter and dancing all around. “

“We are really looking forward to working with Music In Hospitals and hosting similar concerts in the near future.”

The Activities programme at the home was praised in a recent CQC report which read that “People and their relatives were very positive about the activities on offer and the coordinator. One relative said, “They [The activities coordinator] have revitalised the home. People are now singing and going to all of the sessions.”

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