Royal Scottish National OrchestraThis Mother’s Day, Caledonia Senior Living became the first aging services community in the US to partner with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

During the pandemic, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has been partnering with communities like ours and other charities across Scotland to bring uplifting music into people’s homes. They provide “Digital Care Packages” that feature specially curated performances. We are ecstatic and deeply honored to be invited by RSNO to participate in this incredible initiative.

Over the next few weeks RSNO will send us three different Digital Care Packages that will be available for residents to enjoy together on Sunday afternoons. Families and residents will also have access to enjoy the performances at a time that is convenient for them. The series began on Mother’s Day with Lewis Plays Mozart and will include the Barber Violin Concerto available from May 15 to May 17 followed by the Dvorak Symphony No7 which will be available from May 22 to May 24.

“We are grateful for this exciting opportunity to share performances of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with the residents at Caledonia Senior Living. Not only can music lift spirits, it can spark memories – even for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss. It’s truly exciting to be partnering with RSNO as part of our 175th anniversary activities. Strengthening our ties to Scotland – to home –is important to our mission. This is the start of a great collaboration” said Gus Noble.

Gus recently joined RSNO CEO Alistair Mackie and acclaimed Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Zoom for a wide ranging chat about the partnership, the evolution of the program, the power of music and a fascinating story about the forgotten music of St Kilda. Watch the below video to hear their conversation.

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