Windsor Symphony Orchestra Brings Gift Of Music To Seniors

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra will be bringing the gift of music to seniors in Windsor-Essex.

It's the 20th year for the program according to education and outreach manager Faith Schofield.

She told AM800 News a string quartet plays anything and everything for residents at four different stops, beginning with Windsor Seniors Centre Friday.

"We want to bring seniors music that they want to hear," she says. "It's a whole range, we have Roy Orbison, some Beatles, we have some standard classical music, but it's pretty much a you name it we play it type of situation."

Schofield says the feedback is overwhelmingly positive year in and year out.

"Almost exclusively fantastic, I mean we're playing music that they love, that they get to chose. Often times we bring small percussion instruments with us and they'll join us as performers," she says. "Depending on the type of residence we're at, for those with greater challenges, it's a nice distraction."

It's not just for the residents, she added. Schofield says the stories behind song requests are a highlight for the musicians.

"It's a real special part of what we do because we get to meet a whole bunch of people that we wouldn't see otherwise," says Schofield. "We get to hear some really fantastic stories from our neighbours that we otherwise might not have the opportunity to hear."

The quartette will visit five-retirement-homes between Oct. 6 and Oct. 12 as part of the Caesars Windsor Cares Music and Movement for Health Program.