Music charity Bristol Beacon will broadcast tonight’s LSO concert at Bath Forum, which includes viola soloist Antoine Tamestit, to care homes as a thank you to staff and residents

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Music charity Bristol Beacon ­are to live stream a London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) concert to care homes across the country as a thank you and gift to staff and residents for their hard work and resilience during the pandemic. A private link to watch the concert is being sent for free to a national database of care homes.

The broadcast takes place tonight (Thursday 7 October) at 7.15pm BST and is sponsored by Bristol Care Homes, who are supporting the cost of the stream.

The concert sees Sir Simon Rattle lead the orchestra in Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto for viola with violist Antoine Tamestit and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony at Bath Forum - the first time the orchestra has performed in Bath since 2008.

Geoff Crocker, chair of Bristol Care Homes, said: ’Care Homes look after some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and the pandemic hit the sector hard. Staff and residents have had to endure loss and lockdown, missing valuable time with families over many months in order to keep safe. It is credit to the tremendous resilience and hard work of staff that between the first and second wave, care homes nationally reduced excess mortality rates by 95% and provided safe care for our residents in the most challenging circumstances. I hope this concert goes some way at least to saying thank you.’

Kathryn McDowell, managing director of LSO, said: ’It is a pleasure to be partnering with Bristol Beacon and Bristol Care Homes on this broadcast – I hope that the orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon can provide some much-deserved entertainment and joy to care homes across the country.’

The concert broadcast takes place on Thursday 7 October at 7.15pm and is available for free to any care home in the country. Care Homes wishing to access the stream should contact for information.

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