Harpenden care home enjoy opera performance thanks to charity
PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 March 2019
Residents at a care home in Harpenden were treated to an afternoon of opera courtesy of a musical entertainment charity.
Willow Court care home played host to a performance of Victorian Vignettes by Connaught Opera, a charity which provides musical entertainment for older people in the south east.
Family, friends and members of the public also came to watch the performance.
The show, partially funded by the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, concluded with a variety of popular hits such as, I do like to be beside the seaside and Don’t Dilly Dally (my old man said follow the van).
The performance was particularly enjoyed by 100-year-old resident Connie Pacey, who sang along heartily to every song. As the show came to an end, Connie presented Connaught Opera with flowers and wine as a token of gratitude for their visit.
Quantum Care, a non-profit care provider of 26 care homes, including Willow Court, has a long-standing relationship with the charity.
Further performances in 2019 will be held at Anson Court in Welwyn Garden City and Jubilee Court in Stevenage.
Connaught Opera consists of two singers, soprano Maria Arakie and baritone Glenn Wilson, accompanied by pianist Nicholas Bosworth.
Quantum Care marketing manager Cassie Larham said: “Not all of our residents are mobile enough to go to the opera so when we were given the opportunity to bring the opera to them we were not prepared to miss out.”
Willow Court has its very own choir that meet weekly and they encourage new members from the home and the local community to join.
“We see first-hand the therapeutic affects music and singing has on our residents and day care members,” Cassie added.
In September, all 26 Quantum Care homes will receive 10 tickets to attend the annual performance at Knebworth House stately home, an event that is put on exclusively by Connaught Opera for Quantum Care residents.
Since January 2003, Connaught Opera have arranged and performed around 200 concerts a year for older people in the south east.