Bringing Music Back to Musicians' Lives

Wednesday 26th August 2009 11:37AM

In association with the Musicians Benevolent Fund, classically-trained LMN musicians are making it possible for musicians in residential homes to enjoy live concerts in a programme which is helping to enrich both the younger and the older musicians' lives.

Fifty concerts are due to take place in care homes across all corners of the UK.

One recipient is Muriel Midgley, aged 90, who spent many happy days supporting her husband George, a cellist with the BBC Northern Variety Orchestra. Muriel said she was delighted with the performance by LMN musicians, flautist Abigail Burrows, who studied at the Royal College of Music and pianist Daniel Swain, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

Sarah Derbyshire, Executive Director, Live Music Now, said:

"We are very pleased to work together with the Musicians Benevolent Fund and to give the opportunity to young musicians to perform for people who may have influenced their careers. We know from our extensive work with older people that live music has the power to improve well-being and lift the atmosphere within a care home, often resulting in a profound effect on both the audience and musicians".

The programme is made possible by a generous bequest to the Musicians Benevolent Fund from pianist and accompanist, Ivor Newton (1892-1981). The funding includes special training for young musicians provided by LMN to support and develop skills in working with older people

LMN musician, flautist, Abigail Burrows said:

"Daniel and I have given many LMN performances in care homes, where we've met some amazing people and heard some fascinating life-stories. We're always aware that you can never make assumptions about the people you're performing for, simply because they're in a residential home. But the Musicians Benevolent Fund Ivor Newton Bequest series really brings this home to us, and we have to keep on our toes when we're performing for people who had careers as, or were associated with, highly professional musicians.

"One can tell that the music brings back memories of they own performances and of their lives, and they really enjoy themselves, singing along or tapping to the music."

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