It’s Colten Radio

Music to her ears. The moment resident Rosemary Cottrell began listening to her daughter Jenny’s request for Come Fly With Me.
Music to her ears. The moment resident Rosemary Cottrell began listening to her daughter Jenny’s request for Come Fly With Me.

Relatives have been responding enthusiastically to a great idea initiated by our dedicated Music and Arts Partner, Fiona Pritchard.

A professional musician, Fiona wanted to give families the opportunity to share musical experiences with their loved ones in spite of lockdown.

In the spirit of radio-style listeners’ dedications, she invited relatives to send her a request for a meaningful song or piece of music that she would then play to the resident and read the message from their family.

Her initial invitation attracted almost 100 requests, of which 74 have been played at the time of writing. These special moments, across all our homes, are being captured on video for families to watch and enjoy. We’re planning to share a ‘highlights’ edition in due course.

“Music is a common language with a positive effect on our well-being,” said Fiona. “It stimulates our emotions and motivation, and because it’s non-verbal, it’s accessible to everyone.

“There has been a terrific response to our call for dedications and it has been so lovely to spend time in each of the homes creating ‘Colten Radio’.”

Among the requests have been many jazz standards. The Frank Sinatra hit Come Fly With Me was chosen for a delighted Rosemary Cottrell, a resident at Newstone House, by her daughter Jenny. They plan to take a helicopter ride together along the Dorset coast and the request was sent to whet Rosemary’s appetite.

Elsewhere, Pete Jordan asked us to play When the Saints Go Marching In for his mother Marigold who lives at Linden House. “We played a Louis Armstrong version and her eyes went wide in delight and her toes began to tap,” Fiona said.

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