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Help us to beat loneliness


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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