The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is presenting a series of filmed concerts to enable older people receiving formal care to enjoy musical performances at home.
The Cuppa Concerts: At Home series is specially programmed by CBSO musicians, who have been trained in dementia awareness and have direct experience of working in care settings.
The series aims to present engaging outreach opportunities that are accessible to all, including those living with dementia, as well as their families and carers for a shared and social experience.
CBSO will provide participating care settings with a specially programmed concert on DVD for service users to enjoy, plus a resource pack including information about the music and musicians, lyric sheets and participatory activity ideas.
It will also provide digital access to all these resources, as well as an audio described programme for those with visual impairments, so that residents or clients can watch the concert on a tablet or laptop, and on demand.
The new series will launch in time for Christmas, with ‘Christmas Brass’ – a festive five-piece brass concert, performed by professional musicians from the CBSO.
Pre-recorded concerts will also be available throughout the year, catering for most musical tastes.