Opera singer’s private performance for BLG Mind client

A BLG Mind dementia services client was able to enjoy a private operatic performance thanks to a visionary orchestra which provides musical sessions for people who have been forced to isolate during the pandemic.

Bromley Dementia Respite at Home service user Albert was delighted to receive a private concert from Jacqueline Varsey, pictured, an opera singer who works with the World Harmony Orchestra and Choir.

Jacqueline sang two French arias for Albert. After enjoying the soprano’s concert together with his daughter, Dawn, and son-in-law, Martin, from the comfort of his own home, Albert said: “I loved the performance!”

Dementia Services Manager Saira Addison commented: “It was such an amazing opportunity, for the World Harmony Orchestra to be able to record a personal video for one of our clients to view in the comfort of his home during lockdown.

“We hope we can work in collaboration with the orchestra in the future.”

The World Harmony Orchestra was created by Romain Malan to help tackle the loneliness and isolation often experienced by vulnerable people, particularly in the past year.

Romain said: “The idea of delivering concerts to vulnerable people started in March last year. We organised 100 outdoor live socially distanced concerts all across England.

“Over the last autumn and winter we did the same thing but with even more musical acts and locations involved, and also combining live concerts, video recordings and Zoom events.”

Albert has kindly agreed to share his private concert as he would like it to bring joy to others: watch Jacqueline Varsey’s perfomance.


Find out more about the work of the World Harmony Orchestra and Choir.

View BLG Mind’s dementia services in Bromley.