Nurs­ing home gig was ‘jazz’ great fun

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Ruth War­ran­der

TAL­ENTED young mu­si­cians gave res­i­dents at an Aberdeen nurs­ing home a taste of “all that jazz”. Mem­bers of Wi­gan Youth Jazz Orches­tra showed off their mu­si­cal skills at Hawkhill House Res­i­den­tial Nurs­ing Home, in Mill­tim­ber. The per­for­mance was staged through a link with Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Youth Fes­ti­val and the home’s owner and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Rona Tayler who is a fes­ti­val life mem­ber and spon­sor. Rona is pas­sion­ate about young and old in­te­grat­ing and said the home comes to life when­ever mu­si­cians and dancers ap­pear. “We feel very strongly that young peo­ple and old peo­ple should have the op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether and in­te­grate,” she said. “We have de­vel­oped a fan­tas­tic re­la­tion­ship with the youth fes­ti­val over the years and we are al­ways de­lighted to have their per­form­ers. “As well as wel­com­ing the per­form­ers to Hawkhill House, we are also tak­ing some of the res­i­dents to shows at the Beach Ball­room. “It’s a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for them be­cause it brings back so many mem­o­ries of when they were young and went dancing there – even driv­ing down Union Street in the bus is a talk­ing point as they re­call how it used to be.” Hawkhill’s man­ager Kristin Jack­son-Brown said there was no doubt the in­ter­ac­tion with young peo­ple greatly ben­e­fited the res­i­dents and fam­i­lies. She said: “The young per­form­ers re­ally en­joy com­ing here and I think they are al­ways quite amazed by how much dif­fer­ence they and their mu­sic can make even to peo­ple who are very frail.” YMT/AIYF Splore The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, 8pm tonight.

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 7.30pm tonight. El­phin­stone Hall, Old Aberdeen, 7.30pm tonight. The Ci­tadel, Castle­gate, Aberdeen, 7.30pm tonight. Jazz Night, The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen, 8pm tonight.

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