Older people in day centres and care homes across the Island are benefiting from therapeutic live Manx musical entertainment after Culture Vannin received a Recognition award from Celton Manx.
The award has provided Culture Vannin with the funds to develop its outreach programme and arrange live performances by local musicians in some 15 centres and residential homes.
Culture Vannin music development officer Dr Chloe Woolley said: ‘The Recognition award from Celton Manx has enabled Culture Vannin to engage the services of a variety of talented Manx musicians and dancers to perform “mini concerts”, which have not only been really well received by the residents and staff but are also proving to be a rewarding experience for the artists themselves.
‘Visiting performers so far have included young musicians from Bree and folk dancers from Skeddan Jiarg, as well as singers, pipers, harpists and a Gaelic choir. Residents have sung along with Ellan Vannin and clapped along to Hop tu Naa!
‘The funding from Celton Manx has been invaluable in kick-starting this new project that we hope will continue in the future when new connections are made and an element of Manx culture is brought into the homes.’
One of the residential homes most recently to benefit was Salisbury Street nursing home in Douglas where entertainment was provided by Paul Reynolds and Ken Crellin of Shoh Slaynt and John Struthers on smallpipes.
Dr Woolley said: ‘The concert went very well and it was clear the residents enjoyed it. There was a singalong to old favourites Ellan Vannin and Danny Boy and one lady remembered singing Smuggler’s Lullaby when she was in her school choir, which led to her telling John Struthers the story behind the song.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘All of us have a deep connection with music in one way or another. This new venture is a prime example of the beneficial effects music can offer older people – its power to rekindle memories, combat loneliness and create a sense of community.
‘Celton Manx is pleased to support Culture Vannin with a Recognition award and applauds Chloe and her colleagues for their work in encouraging and promoting Manx culture across all generations.’
Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx and, in 2019, is benefiting 22 local good causes.
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery, second left with Culture Vannin music development officer Dr Chloe Woolley, extreme left, Salisbury Street nursing home activities manager Marc Steffan-Cowell, Paul Reynolds and Ken Crellin of Shoh Slaynt and John Struthers are pictured with residents Sheila Locking and Muriel Presho. Photo Matt Mosur