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Cuppa Concerts: At Home - Christmas Brass

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are excited to launch Cuppa Concerts: At Home – a series of filmed concerts, specially designed for older people and care settings, to enjoy from home anywhere in the UK.

At the best of times, there is limited opportunity for care settings and older people’s groups to access high quality, carefully programmed concerts performed by world class musicians, due to their location, financial situation, or the vulnerability of their residents. This is why we’re so excited to launch Cuppa Concerts: At Home – an engaging and affordable musical package, for older people to enjoy from the comfort of their living rooms.

We will provide participating care settings with a specially programmed concert on DVD for residents to enjoy in communal spaces, plus a resource pack including information about the music and players, lyric sheets, participatory activity ideas which can be used during the concert, and some further listening to really enrich the experience. We will also provide digital access to all these resources (as well as an audio described programme for those with visual impairments), so that residents can watch the concert in their room, on a tablet or laptop, and on demand.

We understand that affordability is one of the largest barriers to enabling care settings to host live performance by professional musicians, and this is why we’ve made sure that the cost of each concert is kept low at just £40 (including P&P), to ensure accessibility. The online resources will be available for 2 months after release with no limit on how many times you can watch the concert, and the DVD packages are yours to keep and reuse whenever you like.

We’re launching this new series in time for Christmas, with 'Christmas Brass' – a festive five-piece brass concert, performed by professional musicians from the CBSO. At the end of this strange year, what better way to celebrate than with some favourite winter warmers from a classic festive ensemble? Visit cbso.co.uk/cuppa-concerts/at-home to order your pack now.

If you would like more information please contact Adele on education@cbso.co.uk or 0121 616 6530.

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