A duo from the Worcestershire-based English Symphony Orchestra performed at Fernhill House this month.   

The bass player and cellist entertained residents, family and friends with their stunning performance – the latest in a varied series of activities staged at the home.   

The idea of taking music into care homes was mooted in 2007 by ESO cellist Corinne Frost, as she and fellow musicians believe live music is hugely beneficial to people who would not otherwise have access to such stimulation in their daily lives.   

As well as having the ability to trigger memories, research has shown that performing live music enhances the quality of life of elderly people, reduces agitation, stress and the perception of pain. 

Evidence also demonstrates improved communication, greater levels of understanding between residents and staff and the reduction in the need for medication to alleviate distress.   

After the concert, the pair chatted to the audience over a cup of tea.   

The ESO has worked with distinguished instrumentalists, composers and conductors, including Nigel Kennedy, Michael Tippett and Yehudi Menuhin, who was appointed the ESO’s principal guest conductor in 1991 and led the orchestra on a number of international tours.   

Fernhill House manager Mike Dearn explained: “Residents loved the visit. We have a good deal of musical activities going on here and they always go down extremely well. Whether it’s professional musicians such as the ESO or enthusiastic children’s choirs, they always bring plenty of happiness into our home.”