Orchestra visit is music to our ears

THE RIGHT NOTE: BSO musician Kevin Pritchard at the Fernhill home.

If you love live music, what better way to enjoy it than by welcoming professional orchestral players to your own lounge?

That’s exactly what residents at three of our homes have been doing through a series of visits by musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

Keyboard and French horn player Kevin Pritchard and violinist Jenni Curiel say their one-hour selection helps to demonstrate the power of music to unlock memories.

Jenni said the musical sessions were “very rewarding and highly enjoyable”.

She 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.”

UNLOCKING MEMORIES: BSO musicians Kevin Pritchard and Jenni Curiel at Fernhill.

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

Karen Grant A’Court, Fernhill’s Activities Organiser, said: “Music really touches residents living with dementia. It can change their mood to make them feel vibrant and happy. They love to sing and dance while listening to music.”

Altogether, BSO musicians are making 24 visits to 12 care homes across Dorset and Hampshire on their current ‘tour’. For the fourth year running the series is supported by Tapper Funeral Service.

To watch a video of the BSO musicians at Fernhill, visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ColtenCare

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