A massive part of my current performance schedule is singing in care homes. This was an idea which I started in November 2015 – I had just finished a contract working as Entertainment Manager for a hotel in Rhodes, and was desperate for some time spent in England. I missed the roads, the ease of getting places, and the rain (amongst other things!) – and so, I planned on performing in the care industry, for the festive season, before deciding on a contract for the summer.
Two years on, of course, and I am still in England, and still singing to those lovely care residents who I met when I first embarked on my journey! Full Beam Productions, my entertainment company, has gone from strength to strength, and is now one of the largest providers of singers and dancers to care homes in East Sussex. We have a team of people performing for us, which is amazing, and even though I focus a lot on choreography for Full Beam now, plus admin (!!) I also find the time to get out there and sing to everybody as well.
The biggest joy that I find with singing to the residents in homes, is there sense of gratefulness that you are there. They acknowledge that you have taken the time to come to them, set up your equipment, and make them smile for an hour. It’s extremely rewarding.
But it’s also a great place for me to trial new songs! My classical music goes down extremely well in most situations (some homes are simply to small – we would blow the roof off!) and they love listening to my latest find. Recently, it’s been focussed on musical theatre numbers, ready for a duo show I’m doing in September for the company, with fellow singer, Lauren O’Sullivan-Barnes. It’s going to be brilliant, and I’ve been rehearsing hard!
Above is the video of me singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, at a care home in Hastings. It was a brilliant afternoon of song!
I hope to continue performing in the care homes, even whilst I take on my new adventure with Classically Natalie. There are lots of plans in the pipeline at the moment, for recording a CD, and performing in front of some important people – but it’s also a good idea to stay grounded, and I feel like care home performances do exactly that – they bring you back to reality, and make you feel very humble indeed.
Have you performed at a care home? Perhaps you’re a coordinator looking for something a little different for your residents? Make sure to leave a comment below, or get in touch today! I’d love to hear from you!