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We bring live orchestral music to care home residents this March

Older people sit in arm chairs to watch a performance with care assistants at their side

This month care home residents will be immersed in the sounds of Beethoven, Messiaen and Mahler, as part of a collection of free events programmed especially for care homes.

Thanks to the support of Bristol Care Homes, Bristol Beacon is collaborating with renowned ensembles Aurora Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra to present these unique musical encounters to residents.

LSO broadcast live from Bath Forum

Following two previous successful broadcasts in 2021 and 2022, on Monday 13 March we join forces with London Symphony Orchestra to live stream their performance at Bath Forum to care homes across the country.

The concert will be broadcast live via YouTube at 6.45pm on Monday 13 March, and will be available for one month so care homes can screen it for their residents at a time that suits them.

Hosted by organist and journalist Oliver Condy, any care home in the country can tune in for free and are invited to screen the concert for staff and residents.

In addition, players from the orchestra will be visiting Bristol homes on the morning of the concert to perform for them in person.


An immersive concert with Aurora Orchestra

On Wednesday 22 March, Aurora Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s 5th Symphony from memory in an immersive concert experience for invited care homes in the atmospheric surrounds of Bristol Cathedral.

Aurora Orchestra is known across the world for performing music from memory to create incredible, immersive and unique musical experiences. This concert is presented to celebrate care in Bristol, with the support Bristol Care Homes.

These events form part of Bristol Beacon’s growing programme of work to involve older people in high-quality musical experiences, which includes initiatives such as Our Music Club and Mail a Musician.


We know that music is such a powerful tool for wellbeing, and sharing the sheer joy of orchestral music with others only amplifies its impact. To be able to share this experience with care home residents and staff is a real privilege.”

Louise Mitchell CBE, Chief Executive of Bristol Beacon

Our partnership with Bristol Care Homes, who have sponsored this free live stream, has helped us to reach music-lovers beyond the walls of our venue.


This close partnership with Bristol Beacon is really fantastic, because it allows us to bring high-quality musical experiences to those residents who would otherwise be unable to be included.”

Geoff Crocker, Chair of Bristol Care Homes

Would you like to watch the stream?

Broadcast information

Date: Monday 13 March
Time: 6.45pm
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Barbara Hannigan
Presented by: Oliver Condy

Available for one month from the broadcast date.



Olivier Messiaen L’Ascension
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 4

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“We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with Bristol Beacon for another concert in the South West this spring, and to be able to repeat the feat of sharing it to care homes across the country is thrilling and rewarding for us all.”

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of London Symphony Orchestra

“I didn’t realise it was going to be so emotional.”

Care Home resident comment

“I think it’s incredible – it feels as though you could be there.”

Care Home resident comment

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