It was lunch with a difference recently at one of Salford’s sheltered housing projects as the people there were treated to a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet by members of the Orchestra of Opera North.
The concert was held at Muirhead Court, which is run by Salix Homes and offers housing for older residents who are keen to live independently but with support in place. It was timed to coincide with Opera North’s Autumn productions at The Lowry in Salford Quays and was part of an outreach initiative designed to give more people the chance to access classical music and opera while the Company was in the city.
Five members of the Orchestra - clarinettist Colin Honour, violinists David Greed and Katie New, violist David Aspin, and cellist Jessica Burroughs - took time away from the rehearsal room to entertain the residents, many of whom had not had the opportunity to attend a concert hall or theatre for years.
Local resident, Ann Cosgrove, commented:
“It was fantastic and brought out a lot of residents who can sometimes feel quite isolated. I wanted it to go on and on!”
When the Company returns to The Lowry in the Spring, there will be further opportunities for Salford residents to engage with opera, including a half-hour ‘Whistle Stop’ production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love at Ordsall Hall.