Categories Care homesCulture

Bristol Beacon and London Symphony Orchestra to broadcast live to care homes

Following a national broadcast of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) concert in October 2021, presented at the Bristol Beacon concert hall, Bristol Beacon are set to live stream the forthcoming LSO concert, with Sir Simon Rattle, to care homes across the country.

The concert will be broadcast live via YouTube at 6.45pm on Monday 14 March and will be available for free for one month so care homes can screen it for their residents at a time that suits them.

The first concert, in October 2021, featured across national TV and print press and inspired joy among the many care home residents who tuned in.

Hosted by organist and journalist Oliver Condy, any care home in the country can tune in for free and are invited to screen the concert for staff and residents, thanks to sponsorship by Bristol Care Homes.

Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Beacon, said:

“After the really wonderful and emotional response we had to our broadcast in October, we once again look forward to sharing the sheer joy of a London Symphony Orchestra concert with care home residents and staff nationwide. This concert continues to build on our strong artistic relationship with the LSO in anticipation of the reopening of our venue next year, and also with Bristol Care Homes in whom we’ve found a partner committed to helping us reach music-lovers beyond the walls of the concert hall.”

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of London Symphony Orchestra, said: 

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with Bristol Beacon for another concert in the Southwest this spring, and to be able to repeat the feat of sharing it to care homes across the country is thrilling and rewarding for us all. It was an undoubted highlight of 2021.”

Geoff Crocker, Chair of Bristol Care Homes, said: 

“To be forming a close partnership with Bristol Beacon on high-quality broadcasts of concerts like this is really fantastic. The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, particularly care home residents and staff, but the use of technology to share such magical performances in this innovative way is a real legacy that we will continue to support.”

Bristol Care Homes wanted to extend the opportunity to watch the concert to all care homes across the country as many still contend with the impacts of the pandemic.

Care Homes wishing to access the stream should email for information.