Kingfishers News

IN THE NEWS: 'Thank you for the music’, says Geoff as BSO players perform in care home garden

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Pictured at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Kingfishers care home in New Milton, Hampshire, are: seated left and right, residents Val Collinge and June Price; seated front, Companionship Team Leader Rose Arcellana; and behind them BSO violinist Jennifer Curiel and horn player Kevin Pritchard.

Musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) have played the final date on their ‘summer tour’ of care homes along the south coast, delighting residents at Colten Care’s Kingfishers in New Milton, Hampshire.

And the visiting maestros even performed a special request for one surprised music lover at the Outstanding-rated home.

Overjoyed Geoff Lount was prompted to get up and dance on hearing the start of an orchestral take on ABBA’s Thank You for the Music which he had asked them to play.

Geoff said: “They performed a whole variety of music and I was thrilled when they played my request. It made me immediately want to get up and dance with the staff. We all had a really great time with the sun shining and the music sounding amazing.”

Companionship team member Sue Hawkins, who danced with Geoff, said: “Music brings such joy to our residents and there is nothing better than experiencing live music performed by professional players in your own garden.”

As well as ABBA, French horn and piano player Kevin Pritchard and violinist Jennifer Curiel led their audience through a one-hour set that included popular pieces by Gershwin, Puccini, Scott Joplin and Debussy and tunes from famous musicals including Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. When Kevin played the horn Jennifer took to the piano herself.

Kevin said: “We’ve played at Kingfishers before and it was great to be back performing there again. Everyone was smiling. It’s amazing what the team at the home do to create lovely experiences for residents.”

Another resident, Sue Swanton, said: “I had a lovely time. Both musicians were brilliant.”

Before the show at Kingfishers, Kevin and Jennifer performed summer BSO concerts at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated homes Canford Chase in Poole and Fernhill in Longham.

The BSO is grateful for the generous support of Tapper Funeral Service in staging its summer concerts.