film by Hannah Lovell – http://hannahlovell.co.uk
On Friday 11th August The Spitz visited Bridgeside Lodge Care Home for a summer party with live music and a barbeque for the residents and staff and their friends and family, sponsored by The Derwent Community Fund
The Spitz trio of Arthur Lee (piano) Brian Edwards (saxophone) and Winston Clifford (drums) led the music and singing, ably accompanied by residents and staff of Bridgeside Lodge, many of whom got up and danced throughout the trios performances or joined with instruments that were passed around.
An event like this has an impact on the whole place; brings everyone out – different generations of one family, all the staff…I used to be a nurse. Medicine doesn’t care for you, it’s the people around you that create a sense of happiness, freedom, a sense of living.
Fatma Makala, manager of Bridgeside Lodge Care Home
A particularly heart-warming story from the day was that of a lady, in her early 50s who had suffered a severe stroke and had been refusing to come out of her room for the last six months. On hearing the music in the distance she asked staff to help her out. She put on some lipstick and stayed the whole afternoon smiling. “This is a miracle“ said the manager Fatma. “This will enable us to encourage her during future sessions.”
Live music is good for health and happiness. It improves everything from memory and mood to heart health.
On Wednesday 12th July, Dalston Curve Garden hosted our Summer Party to mark the end of our Spitz Foundation project funded by The Arts Council and the launch of our film What would life be like without music?
While supporters, friends and family gathered, our musicians Ben Hazleton, Laurence Corns and Brian Edwards set the scene and enabled our older participants (all in their 90s) to feel at ease.
Thanks to all who attended and participated.
“Whatever the tempo of the music, the musicians were highly attuned to the pace, needs and personality of their older companion. There was a gentle attentiveness that continued throughout each piece, with the musicians responding easily to pauses or changes as the song unfolded. Sensitively they were able to follow or guide the tune to its natural ending, allowing the soloist to take their well-earned applause from families and guests.” – guest Sheila Christie