22nd April 2021
Clients at Grangemore mental health rehabilitation centre in Waterford were treated to some top class musical entertainment last week, as the “Covid Care Concerts” series paid them a return and welcome visit.
The concerts are the initiative of acclaimed Irish cellist Gerald Peregrine and delivered by “The Mobile Music Machine”. The line-up at Grangemore featured Siobhán Lynch on cello, Carla Vedres on viola and Paul O’ Hanlon on violin – in addition to songs from renowned tenor Anthony Kearns.
The recital, as a therapeutic intervention arranged in accordance with restrictions applicable at each healthcare facility, was sponsored by Creative Ireland (an all-of-government culture and wellbeing programme that inspires and transforms people, places and communities through creativity) and delivered in a partnership with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in conjunction with the HSE/South East Community Healthcare as the care provider.
Recital pieces were put in context for the audience of service users and staff, ranging from classical pieces and instrumentals versions of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” to songs covering opera to those associated with Percy French.
Grangemore is a 14 individual bedroomed recently refurbished unit, located on the grounds of St. Otteran’s Hospital in Waterford and is a setting for rehabilitation within the mental health services locally.
Dr. Darina Sloan (Consultant Psychiatrist, Waterford/Wexford, HSE/South East Community Healthcare) has been co-ordinating the “Covid Care Concerts” series as an ongoing venture in the Waterford mental health services. Speaking about the visit of The Mobile Music Machine Dr. Sloan explained they were “delighted to host this recital in Grangemore. It brings wonderful music and song into the lives of our service users and those often who were most affected by the pandemic.
“The Mobile Music Machine has impressed itself on everyone here this afternoon. We look forward to the joy that was brought to us today being part of a long-lasting friendship between such musical initiatives and residents in this and other HSE/South East Community Healthcare mental health and various other residential healthcare settings.”