Nursing home gig was ‘jazz’ great fun
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.