Residents at a Hertfordshire care home were treated to the musical melodies of a classical three-piece group during a surprise performance to bring joy and laughter to the home.
Foxholes Care Home, near Hitchin, organised the special event, which saw local musicians The Hansel Trio perform for residents on Sunday, May 31st, with the group covering the likes of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and other much-loved tunes, the joys of which left residents clapping, dancing and singing along.
The group, made up of Sarah Wilson (Violin), Anna Lusty (Viola) and Catriona Bevan (Cello), gave up their time for free to perform an array of classical numbers and classic songs in the sunny grounds of Foxholes, with residents enjoying the music from afar in accordance with the home’s strict social distancing policies.
Given essential precautions amidst the pandemic, the residential care home has restricted access for non-essential visitors since the lockdown began, resulting in many of its activities programmes being cancelled – something that served to make the surprise visit even more welcome.
Neil Gandecha, estate manager at Foxholes care Home, said: “It was a lovely experience for all of us to welcome The Hansel Trio to Foxholes. It was a beautiful day and the residents were able to enjoy the performance outside on the patio. They had a great time and the fact the group gave up their time for free to bring cheer and joy to our residents is amazing – we can’t thank them enough.
Neil continued: “Like all care homes across the UK, it’s been an extremely difficult time so little gestures like this go a long way for all of us, including the staff who also got to enjoy the performance. After such a positive reception, we hope to invite The Hansel Trio back once the lockdown is over so the friends and families of residents can also enjoy their music.”
The trio also enjoyed the visit to Foxholes, posting on their Facebook page: “We loved entertaining the residents of Foxholes on their patio – there was lots dancing and singing along.”