Brantford Symphony Orchestra (“BSO”) announces a virtual Seniors Music Program.
Thanks to funding received from the Government of Canada for their “New Horizons for Seniors” program, residents from eight long-term care homes in Brantford/ Brant/ Six Nations were able to enjoy a series of 9 virtual concert performances over the past several months.
Performances were pre-recorded by the Odin Quartet and provided on USBs for use with Smart TVs and other devices in the homes. Funding included the purchase of equipment as needed by the homes to participate in the program. Performances included titles such as ‘Time to Tango’, ‘Music of the Sixties’, ‘The Great Romantics’, etc.
Maureen Wills, BSO Co-Chair explained that with lockdowns over the past several months, live music has been out of reach for residents in many long-term care homes. This program allowed homes the flexibility of viewing performances individually or in groups, as permitted by health directives.
Here is some feedback received from the homes:
“Resident Council of St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre would like to thank you for the music provided. The diverse music selections provided the opportunity to brighten many residents’ day. With our limited musicians on site having these videos helped us feel connected to the community.”
From Hardy Terrace: “I think this program is a great idea, I really enjoy classical music and it’s been so long since I have seen a show”. “I used to be in an orchestra, so watching these productions has brought back so many great memories”. “What a great thing to do for us!”. “I love watching the performances and remembering when I used to go to the theatre”.
From John Noble Home: “Loved it”. “Reminded me of my father who played the cello”.
The Brantford Symphony Orchestra would be interested in continuing this program and would welcome any sponsorship opportunities from local businesses. We are also inviting retirement homes who are interested in participating.