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Keeping the Music Alive for National Care Home Open Day


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!


You can email us at hello@healthpitch.org.

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