I just wanted to express my thanks to the Semitones Orchestra for the delightful concert given at Abbeyfield House in Gosforth on Sunday 25th March.

The whole entertainment had obviously been very well thought out to include a variety of musical traditions and enjoyable participation for the residents. 

I was visiting my father, who is 92, and is physically and mentally frail. Dad was a great singer in his time and, from youth, took part in amateur operatic performances and belonged to choirs. These days, however, he feels that his memory is letting him down, and he can become very frustrated and bewildered by his current circumstances.

The concert had a magical effect on him! It was absolutely lovely to see him, fully engaged, singing along and calling out answers to questions. He was very much ‘in the moment’, smiling and happy. I took some short videos of him participating and have been able to show other members of the family just how much he was engaged with the performance. Furthermore, members of the orchestra came to speak to him afterwards, and he was able to re-connect with someone he used to sing with and chat with him about happy times.

It is a wonderful thing that you do. Please convey my great thanks to the orchestra.

On our performance at St Catherine's Nursing Home on 6th April 2014, Richard Dobinson, St Catherine's Activities Coordinator, said:

"The response from the residents and families was fantastic and the band said they had been made to feel very welcome. We would love to have the Semitones back to perform for us again."
For full details, see the St Catherine's Website