SONGHAVEN CARE CONCERTS

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Songhaven is proud to announce our new Care Concerts scheme – where our amazing professional artists come to you! As with our formal public concert series, this branch of Songhaven stays true to our core values of professional excellence, community connection, and spreading joy through the magic of music!

Songhaven Care Concerts are managed by renowned operatic soprano (and experienced outreach performer) Nazan Fikret. Under this scheme, we can arrange:

  1. Songhaven Care concert visits – a 1 hour afternoon visit by a professional classically-trained singer (with orchestral backing tracks). The experienced Songhaven artist will deliver a 30 minute performance within the care home or community centre including a range of repertoire from classical to popular. They will actively make one-on-one connections throughout out the performance (i.e. eye contact, holding people’s hands, inviting people to move/dance with them, plus singalongs). The artist will then stay for afternoon tea with the residents, making conversation, asking about any favourite music and making notes of any song requests for next time. We recommend booking these visits on a monthly basis, as something for residents to look forward to regularly whilst also ensuring variety as each visit will showcase a different singer performing different musical repertoire.
  2. Special event Songhaven Gala concerts – a larger-scale offering usually more formal and held in the early evening for special occasions. The events usually start with drinks/canapés, then a 45 minute gala concert by 2 singers and a pianist, followed by tea/coffee/brandy/desserts and mingling with the artists. We can also provide an on-site producer to run the event on the night. These events often attract good local press coverage (if this is of interest) and can be arranged in collaboration with local opera companies, arts festivals, venues, care homes or community centres.

To enquire about booking our Songhaven artists for your own Care Concert, please contact Nazan Fikret via careconcerts@songhaven.co.uk


PREVIOUS CARE CONCERT EVENTS:

BBC MUSIC DAY 2019

On Thursday 26 September, Songhaven celebrated BBC Music Day Day by sending professional artists to deliver concert visits at Care UK care homes in London. Lucy Knight and Caroline Kennedy (pictured right) shared the joy of song with their solo daytime visits, and Jenny Stafford, Alistair Ollerenshaw, and Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz (pictured below) delivered a special evening Gala concert at Elizabeth Lodge in Enfield. Thanks to all of them for their beautiful music-making!


NATIONAL CARE HOME OPEN DAY 2019

CARE UK – CARE CONCERT VISITS

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:

GARSINGTON OPERA & CHILTERN GRANGE CARE HOME – GALA CONCERT

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.


SONGHAVEN CARE CONCERT TESTIMONIALS 

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!”