Our professional musicians are integral to the impact of our performances and therefore the success of this project.
Selected with care, our artists receive specialist training to ensure they have the necessary skills to deliver an engaging, high level performance that can reach both residents and staff in care settings.
We uphold a two-way exchange to ensure the quality of the performances, the level of engagement with the audiences and the positive energy generated. We ask full commitment and in return we treat our musicians with respect, pay fair market fees and welcome them on board the team. Our project has proved deeply meaningful for all involved.
We are aware that all too often professional artists are expected to perform for free in this work area. We draw attention to the following points of the Live Long Arts Manifesto:
– Create stimulating programmes and policies that (legally/financially) enable artists to work in (health) care institutions. Provide artists with an acknowledged professional status.
– Engage competent, professional artists to ensure the quality of programmes and to enhance cultural participation by older people.
The following link is a useful reference for musicians considering this line of work: https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Files/Guides/MU_ShouldIWorkForFree_A4_3
Extract from Article by Nicola Slawson, The Guardian. https://www.healthpitch.org/2017/12/it-touches-their-souls/
“It’s not just the residents and staff who have been positively affected. For Lanza, performing in care settings has had a surprising impact. “I have to admit at the beginning I was sceptical and the first time we did it, I was very scared. Usually when I sing I only care about my voice and my technique, but we were facing something very different and we had to be really aware of our audience.
“It has really opened my mind. It was a very important moment for me to be able to really see the effect of my voice on people and to be so close to them,” she says. “Now my way of performing has completely shifted because it has given true meaning to my skill.
“It’s been a life changing experience to be honest.””
Louise Crane, mezzo soprano:
“Seeing how live vocal music can touch a damaged body, mind or soul has been a most humbling experience and indeed a privilege.”