Singing for the elderly
Singing for the elderly

Janice came over with great positiveness, a strong degree of musicality and the ability to communicate with the residents through the medium of music. A wonderful entertainment. I have already booked her again. 

Alastair Addison, Head of Activities at Nightingale House, Balham.

AAddison@nightingalehammerson.org 

I have been a dance band and cabaret singer for many years. I was the lead female singer with the original line-up of both the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and the Cotton Club Orchestra, formerly led by Keith Nichols. I have appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, Pizza on the Park, Proms in the Park and the Wigmore Hall for Radio Three; I have performed to private audiences in Europe and as far afield as South East Asia; and to audiences at many music festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe and Henley.

 

I have a beautiful, high quality, slimline PA system which plays my backing tracks, so the act is completely self-contained. The equipment sets up in ten minutes and takes up an astonishingly small amount of space.

 

I like to keep the entertainment simple for the residents, so there's very little talking; just brief links between each song, and I make sure that I sing songs that they are likely to know and are able to sing along with and dance to, if they are able to dance.

I have a beautiful, high quality, slimline PA system which plays my backing tracks. No mess. No fuss. It's all set up in 10 minutes.

 

The hour-long entertainment runs up through the decades from the 1920s to the 1960s, covering dance band, big band, jazz and country styles. There are songs from the repertoires of Billie Holiday, Vera Lynn, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Gentleman Jim Reeves, Doris Day and even Tammy Wynette.

 

It's a varied but familiar programme; they sing and dance and really, really enjoy the concert. It's an absolute pleasure to see them made so happy by the music.

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