Grand ges­ture

The sweet sounds of a new pi­ano to grace Glen Haven Manor

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - NEW GLAS­GOW, N.S.

Glen Haven Manor is now the proud owner of a Baby Grand Pi­ano.

The pi­ano was re­cently do­nated to the long-term care fa­cil­ity by An­drea and Wade Tay­lor.

Res­i­dents and staff alike are ex­cited and ap­pre­cia­tive of the new ad­di­tion to the fa­cil­ity. The pi­ano has found the per­fect spot in the Seren­ity Springs/Ocean Drive lounge on the sec­ond level which over­looks the front lawn of Glen Haven and is of­ten a place for so­cial gath­er­ings.

The pi­ano will be used reg­u­larly as part of Glen Haven’s mu­sic ther­apy pro­gram as well as in­cor­po­rated into recre­ation-co­or­di­nated ac­tiv­i­ties.

With an ac­com­plished mu­sic back­ground to her credit, mu­sic ther­a­pist Kelsey Mac­Don­ald was pleased with the new ac­qui­si­tion.

“We are so for­tu­nate to be able to ac­cept this gen­er­ous do­na­tion. The qual­ity, colour and au­then­tic­ity of an acous­tic pi­ano has no com­par­i­son. The baby grand will be a great ad­di­tion to the many in­stru­ments we pro­vide for mu­sic ther­apy and mu­sic pro­gram­ming,” said Mac­Don­ald.

Glen Haven Manor CEO Lisa Smith said the home is very ap­pre­cia­tive of the Tay­lors for shar­ing this gift with res­i­dents.

“Res­i­dents en­joy the key­board we have here and all of the other kinds of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments that are fre­quently pre­sented, but there is some­thing spe­cial about a baby grand. It will be used on a con­sis­tent ba­sis but will also add to hol­i­day oc­ca­sions and cel­e­bra­tions. The sounds of the baby grand pi­ano flow­ing through the hall­ways will of­fer a unique sparkle and en­ergy. There is noth­ing quite like the sounds of hymns, clas­si­cal mu­sic or Christ­mas car­ols on a baby grand. We are for­tu­nate we have staff who have the tal­ents to make the ivories of our baby grand sing as well as gifted, vis­it­ing mu­si­cians who of­ten vol­un­teer to per­form.”

KIM­BERLY DICK­SON PHOTO

Res­i­dent Florence Reid en­joys the beau­ti­ful mu­sic be­ing played by Glen Haven Manor’s Mu­sic Ther­a­pist Kelsey Mac­Don­ald on a baby grand pi­ano that was re­cently do­nated to Glen Haven by An­drea and Wade Tay­lor.

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