The rainbows still smile from windows across the land, and we have clapped out our gratitude. Now, let’s sing a huge thank you to all frontline workers.

Join us with our original reworking of Mozart’s Là Ci Darem. This is opera for our times, written to thank frontline workers in as many languages as we could squeeze into one song.

As the NHS prepares to celebrate its 72nd anniversary on Sunday 5th July, join us to sing thank you to frontline workers. Sing from your balconies, your front gardens, or open windows. Just sing it – and sing it loud!

At Health:Pitch we know first hand how vital frontline workers are. Wherever our singers perform, in care homes, hospitals, hospices, supported housing and community centres, they see the unwavering dedication of staff and family members.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed that’s all who ever have.” Margaret Mead

American cultural anthropologist (1901 – 1978)

To care for others can be a calling. To care for others can also be a challenge. Nevermore so than during a global pandemic such as COVID-19. So we sing our thanks out loud.

Two of the Health:Pitch singers, Francesca Lanza and Tom McVeigh have recorded a digital duet with a difference from their homes in Italy and the UK. This new version of Mozart’s Là Ci darem, written by the award-winning Dr Helen Eastman, is our Health:Pitch thank you to frontline workers who face risk to keep us safe, and who continue to care daily and nightly.

“Teams of people in their crews: nurses, doctors, cleaners, caterers, ambulance drivers, physios (and more) made huge efforts to keep me alive – along with many others at the same time.”

Michael Rosen

British Author, speaking after spending 47 days in ICU this spring. Michael Rosen wrote the poem These are the Hands for the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Thank you, Grazie, Gracias, Dank u, efkaristo, xiexie… Where will you sing your thanks out loud?

The Health:Pitch team’s ‘Thank You’ song is a taster of more opera joy to come in The Soprano, an original music theatre production, also written by Dr Helen Eastman.

Join us on Saturday 4th July at 3pm on our YouTube channel for episode 6 to enjoy Francesca and Tom’s virtual audition duet.

All previous episodes of The Soprano are still available to watch on our YouTube channel. Please get in touch if you would like help to share The Soprano with those in your care. We are always happy to help.

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Sharing the joy of music

We were so looking forward to this Friday’s music-themed Care Home Open Day, now in its 8th year and organised by Care England, NAPA and the National Care Forum. Understandably it was postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.

The theme of music and making a positive noise isn’t postponed though! So, even though our musicians can’t visit in person, Health:Pitch will still bring the music to you with our first ever digital production.

At a time when everyone in the social care sector is struggling with the unique COVID-19 challenges, boosting connections can have huge health and wellbeing benefits for residents, staff, carers and families.

Music is such a great way to bring people together, to share the joy of singing, or simply listening to music that lifts the soul.

On Friday 26th June, the whole Health:Pitch team is continuing to share the therapeutic power of music with care homes and their communities. We hope you will join us to make a big noise.

Opera singer Francesca Lanza recording her performance for The Soprano in her Italian flat

In our original musical theatre production, The Soprano, we share the sheer joy of music. Viewers are encouraged to warm up their voices with professional opera singer, Francesca Lanza, before enjoying her heart-lifting performances of well-loved arias. She also manages to overcome technological challenges to sing with colleagues in the UK from her home in Italy.

The scripts, by Dr Helen Eastman, are created specifically to reach out to those who feel lonely as a result of COVID-19. Even as some people are able to restart their social lives, for many the easing of lockdown is something they can still only watch from afar.

For those people, sharing the joy of music is more important than ever. Do you know someone in a care home who would enjoy watching The Soprano? Let them know, or even better watch it too and then have a chat about it! We guarantee you will start humming.

Our partners, NAPA and the National Care Forum have been kindly sharing the link to their members and The Soprano will remain online on YouTube for you to use at any time, for free.

If you have any questions about how to share The Soprano with those in your care, or simply want advice on how best to enjoy it yourself, please get in touch and we can talk you through the technology. If we can work it, anyone can!

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Let's connect online with people who feel isolated.

Behind the COVID-19 headlines, another pandemic has been raging for years – loneliness. A study published in The Lancet found that what they describe as a ‘public health problem’ affects a third of people in the developed world.

Lockdown has made this problem worse. A British Red Cross survey found two in five adults in the UK now feel even lonelier. With social contact limited, meaningful connections are hard.

How can we help?

At Health:Pitch we work hard to connect people who feel isolated through the healing joy of music. You can help us by sharing The Soprano, our original musical theatre production available for free on YouTube.

The first two episodes have already been enjoyed by people forced to isolate over the past three months.

“It really brought a smile to my face,” says Jo Lark, 74, who has been isolating at her home in West Sussex since March 15th. “The music is beautiful, and the singer is so lovely when she talks to the camera. I did join in with the operatic warm up exercises, luckily no one was around to hear me.”

“I normally meet up with friends from the U3A three or four times a week,” Jo says. “We go for walks or meet for lunch and there is always a lot of chat.”

“Now, I do a lot more online,” explains Jo. “But this is the first time I have tuned in for a virtual opera!”

Soprano star Francesca Lanza staying in touch with friends from her flat in Italy.

The Soprano was also screened care homes, and the link has been circulated nation-wide by the National Care Forum and NAPA (the National Activities Providers Association who are aware of the current challenges of keeping residents engaged and active without visits from friends, families or activity providers.

Once each episode has premiered, they will remain free for all to enjoy on YouTube.

Do you know someone who would enjoy episodes of virtual opera? Please get in touch if you need any further information on how to share The Soprano.

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