Songhaven is proud to announce our new Care Concerts branch, managed by renowned operatic soprano (and experienced outreach performer) Nazan Fikret. In collaboration with UK Care providers, this new scheme links up professional opera singers to Care Homes for special concert visits. The solo performances always include a mixture of repertoire – famous operatic arias, songs from the classic musicals, folk songs and popular tunes from the past! After the performance, the singer will mingle with residents over afternoon tea – finding out about any favourite songs, and making note of any music requests for future visits.

As with our formal public concert series, this branch of Songhaven is stays true to our core values of professional excellence, community connection, and spreading joy through the magic of music!

To enquire about this scheme, please contact Nazan Fikret at careconcerts@songhaven.co.uk


On 28 June, Songhaven celebrated National Care Home Open Day by sending FIVE of our professional artists (pictured below) to various Care UK care homes in London for concert visits:

Songhaven also staged an evening Gala Concert entitled ‘A Night at the Opera’ in collaboration with renowned Garsington Opera at the Chiltern Grange Care Home in Buckinghamshire. This was a spectacular and joy-filled concert brimming with operatic favourites as well as popular classics. Residents and their visitors sang along with the professional opera singers, waved their souvenir fans and handkerchiefs and enjoyed the balmy Summer evening weather.


From the Professional Singers

“One of the most rewarding things in my diary all year. It’s why I got into singing – to make others feel something and to communicate with people.”

“I can honestly say it was one of my favourite performance experiences to date – performing for the sheer pleasure of sharing music.”

“A thoughtful resident grasped my hand and thanked me for the songs. She didn’t want to let go and neither did I.”

“I can’t thank you enough for asking me to sing last week. It was such a special day and so rewarding. There was a man visiting his mother, who doesn’t speak much anymore. He hadn’t seen her sing in years but she smiled and joined in with Edelweiss. This along with many others joining in with the songs made for a truly special afternoon.”

From Care Home Staff – observational feedback… Residents were:

“focused, engaged and entranced.”

“closing their eyes, smiling and relaxed.”

“toe-tapping, clapping and singing along.”

“One resident told us he didn’t like opera and after the concert proclaimed: ‘well, I do now!’”

“He isn’t normally responsive or verbal. He came to life with the music.”

“He doesn’t normally stay for long periods, but he did this time.”

“She doesn’t normally join in outside events, but did this time.”

From the Care Home Residents:

“the music makes me feel at peace with myself and takes all my worries away.”

“It was like I had my wife back for a while.”

“music is very emotional. Sad, happy, it has it all.”

“it was wonderful. When are you coming back?”

‘Music is good for the soul.”

“I’m on top of the world!”