As it’s summer, Margaret has been having a little rest before the next year comes in. However, she’s still been busy behind the scenes, organising lots of events coming up.
We did have one event this month. Charlotte Bartley, one of the Lakeside Clarinet Quartet who have performed for us a few times before, and one of her friends, Elena Smirnov, performed at the Beth Ezra Trust and Wilhelmina House. Elena played the piano and then Charlotte played various different recorders, which I think the residents really enjoyed as not many people know about all the different types, and the clarinet. They performed some lively music, which all the residents of the care homes enjoyed. I think they also really enjoy the informal tea and chat that occurs afterwards as it gives them a chance to talk to the performers, and share memories the music has sparked and tell stories they have such fond feelings for.
Coming up later this month
We of course have the return of our lecture recital series, Music Matters, at The Chapel in Whitgift House. This begins on the 24th September with Margaret Archibald starting the season off.
Tickets are £12 on the door, or you can buy a season ticket for £57. More details are on the poster.
Coming up very shortly, on the 8th is a Clarinets in the Community project in Hitchin funded by Benslow. This is taking place in Symonds House Nursing Home, and should be a great afternoon.
A big evening this month is A September Music Cocktail on the 10th. To begin the evening, there will be a Q&A session with local care home managers where we can have a chat about how we can all make our concerts the best we can for our audiences. This will then be followed by a concert given to us by some young musicians from Langley Park School for Boys. The boys will have had two days of concerts on the Monday and Tuesday given in various care homes around the area.
Finally this month, is the BBC Music Day 2019, on Thursday 26th September. We are going to be a part of that as part of their Music and Dementia Initiative. We have several concerts in care homes on the 24th in partnership with Langley Park School for Girls.
Alice Britton is a former pupil of Margaret’s and has worked with Everyone Matters as a young musician for a few years, helping organise and give concerts with other young musicians in special needs schools and care homes. After learning about all the amazing work Margaret and Everyone Matters does, she wanted to help spread the word and so is now the Social Media Manager for the charity, running the Twitter and Facebook pages, and doing the monthly blog.