14 Aug 2020

Zoom violin concert

We had our first live zoom concert in July, organized with the help of the Adult Social Care team at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council. It was a very exciting experience – we had the violinist Henry Rankin performing for us live from Manchester! At first, residents found it strange being able to communicate directly with the performer from the TV screen, but they quickly got used to it and submitted their requests to hear the classical pieces they love.

We heard Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Bach’s toccata and fugue, Strauss waltzes and many more. A few residents were tempted by the lovely music and joined in for a dance, which also gave the violinist great pleasure as of course, he was able to see us just as we could see him. At the end of the session, there was time for questions and answers and Erika and Lorna were interested to find out about his musical career. To their surprise, he had performed at the Royal Albert Hall, located just 15 minutes walk from our home, and Henry was delighted to receive an invitation from the residents to join us for a face to face concert once the lockdown is over and we are back to normal.

Sister Isabel joined at the end of the concert and received a special performance/serenade: Concerto de Aranjuez. It is normally performed on guitar, but Henry managed to transform it to the violin so beautifully that it made her cry. All the residents enjoyed greatly, and we are in contact with the council to organise the next one in August.