Royal Concert Hall to come live from the living room of Abbeyfield Millbeck House


On Sunday 22 March, Millbeck House in Nottingham will be live streaming a piano recital directly from The Royal Concert Hall.

A broadcast like this has never been done before and if the pilot goes well, a national roll-out of the service could be made available. Care homes around England would be able to dial in and watch future piano series performances. Other kinds of streamed performances may also become possible as the project develops.

“We’re really looking forward to this and so are our residents and their friends and family who are all coming too. It has been confirmed that the pianist and the audience at the Royal Concert Hall will say hello to the residents before the concert starts which will be a lovely surprise for them.” said Anita Smith, manager at Abbeyfield Millbeck House.

Starting at 11am on Sunday morning, the recital is expected to last for an hour and the broadcast has been arranged by the Imagine programme, a Nottingham consortium bringing the arts and culture to older people in care.

“This is very exciting for us, whilst we are just trialling the streaming in care homes at the moment, the technology has great potential to be rolled out further within the care sector. It’s about bringing high quality cultural experiences to older people in care, recapturing these experiences for residents who were once able to access arts experiences and bringing new experiences to residents who might not have experienced arts in this way before. This partnership approach also offers longer term links with the rich cultural offer that venues can provide to more isolated communities in Nottingham City.” said Kate Duncan, Creative Programme Manager at City Arts Nottingham.

The Imagine programme is one of only four nationally to be awarded money from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and Older People in Care fund. The three-year project will use the arts to enrich the lives of older residents, better involving them in the wider community and supports residents to connect with people of all ages.

The consortium consists of The Abbeyfield Society, City Arts, Nottingham City Council and the University of Nottingham. Wider partners include partner care homes and Nottingham’s arts venues, galleries and museums services.

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