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'Music as a balm for the soul'



Music fuels human connections at a profound level. When people are isolated, and feel alone, the Health:Pitch team find a way for them to enjoy world-class music.

When international opera singers are locked down in their homes, unable to tour care homes, we find a way for them to perform and record together.

Where there is a way to be creative, we will find it; so we can share it with those who need it most. It’s what we do.

“Never were such healing joys more needed,” says soprano Emma Kirby DBE. Emma and her husband Howard Williams, professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music, London, both saw the previous Health:Pitch piece, The Audition in Codford last September.



“Having already enjoyed The Audition, I am delighted to see and hear Francesca again,” says Emma of The Soprano, the current Health:Pitch musical theatre production. “She is such a sparkling performer but also warm and funny, wonderfully without pretension.”

The latest episode of The Soprano, written by Dr Helen Eastman to reach those who are or feel isolated due to COVID-19, is all about connecting.

How do we stay in touch when we cannot see each other? How can we share the pleasures of life, food, friendship, music, and creativity, with family and friends when we cannot be together? Technology holds the key. From the stage at La Scala to a smartphone video in front of her sofa, soprano Francesca Lanza has shaped her performance to capture the sheer delight of opera to share across the world. The Soprano is music, in this case, much-loved opera, for our times.

In the latest episode, Far Away Friends, Francesca and her friend Louise Crane, a former - and hopefully future - performing partner, find a way to sing together. They even master the technology required for their digital duet.

From Saturday 4th July, co-star Tom McVeigh will join Francesca and Louise. Is it possible to audition virtually? Tune in to find out.

“It is no surprise that Francesca, Louise and Tom engage so well with audiences everywhere,” explains Emma Kirby. “And that they have in particular bought the power and humanity of opera to vulnerable listeners, with often extraordinary results. It’s truly a case of music as a balm for the soul!”

“The therapeutic power of music is of incalculable help,” says Howard, echoing Emma’s sentiments. “At a time of limitations to live performance, there is a new need, namely to find and communicate with those whose loneliness is currently made so much worse by the pandemic. These entertainments will certainly bring delight and comfort to many.”

Sharing the healing power of music with those whose lives and minds can be the hardest to reach fuels the Health:Pitch team. In our times, technology is our friend.

However, if technology is not your friend; if you need a helping hand sharing The Soprano with those in your care, then please get in touch. We would be very happy to help.

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