Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham have been working with Louis Bingham and David Insua Cao since November 2017 to create a choir at Monkscroft Care Centre as part of the ‘Live Music Now’ project.

Louis and David attended the home every two weeks and taught our residents songs accompanied with musical instruments. In Louis and David’s last session we celebrated the Last Night of the Proms where ‘Live Music Now’ challenged care homes from all over the country to do something musical and to share what they’ve done through Facebook and Twitter.

Louis Bingham said "It was an absolute joy to work with all the staff and residents at Monkscroft. We looked forward to each visit and always came upon something new and exciting during the musical experiences we had together. Upon a return visit after the project had wrapped up we were delighted to feel the same warmth amongst the group, and to hear and see the evidence that musical activity was just as strong (if not more so) as when we left. Thank you to everyone at Monkscroft who made this such a special and enduring project."

The impact of the sessions has been very clear to see, with over 30 residents getting involved in the project, they all appeared to enjoy the sessions and engaging with the musicians.

The ‘Live Music Now’ project in conjunction with ‘Last Night at the Proms’ was a wonderful experience and opportunity for both residents and the team. Monkscroft have even been invited to attend a conference at the University of Nottingham in October to present a session with the musicians and share our experiences with the project.