Here at AC we are well into our current set of health concerts. We have a professional trio playing 4 concerts at care homes (all very well received to date) and we have a choir and a clarinet ensemble also performing a series of care home concerts.
Funded by the City of Prince George- Alban Classical- We acknowledge the assistance of the Province of BC
We at AC (Simon Cole Artistic- Director and Erica Skowron- Manager) received a small grant from the city and were able to then use BC Gaming funding to help offset the costs of the concerts. The bulk of the costs music, travel and lots of unpaid rehearsal time were donated by the professional musicians( Alban Classical). So whilst the musician are not entirely volunteers (though management is) it safe to say that without their unpaid efforts none of this would be possible.
There is a reason we are the only group of our kind in Northern BC the effort to maintain the Society, organize concerts, secure funding and maintain high professional musical standards is extraordinarily difficult to maintain.
Costs included Instructor fees for the many training sessions for the clarinet and voice group and a per concert honorarium for each professional musician. The amateur clarinet group played its first concert at the cancer clinic and many very positive and well deserved comments were received.
Playing for your own pleasure and amusement is one thing, playing to give pleasure comfort to others is entirely different and much more demanding.
What do I mean by health?
Care and attention paid to the players and audience.
Personal achievement for the participants.
Music and its benefits for those not able to get out to a concert.
Deep brain stimulation of classical music for players and audiences.
Bringing back feelings and memories. See the many articles and studies on Alzheimer's and the power of music.
A shared experience for audience and performers.
On a side note Every donation or grant we get is leveraged to double or triple the donated/granted amount. All those funds go back into the local economy and help keep professional classical musicians in Prince George an increasingly difficult task.
Support Alban Classical concerts. Since becoming an official Society in 2011 (we started in 1991) no other group has done more all professional care home and free community concerts than we have( 250+ care home classes and concerts/270+ instructional classes for adults and seniors/ 60+ community concerts). Without us this would not be happening.
- New Horizons adult band. Meets Mondays from 700-800 pm at 212 Gillett st and from 530-730 at First Baptists Church phone 250-563-4693 Simon Cole NOW ONLINE
- New Horizons singers and clarinet quartet ongoing rehearsals for public performances.
- Ongoing; Seniors concerts, Hospital concerts.
- New Horizons Inter-generational Band Tuesdays from 530-630 a free program and NOW ONLINE
With the support of a MyPG grant we gave free recorder classes ( and instruments) for seniors on Monday afternoon from 3:30 pm. to 4:30 pm. The classes will began on September 12, we gave three concerts at seniors care homes; Simon Fraser, Jubilee Lodge & Laurier Manor
Feedback from participants:
"We have been fortunate to participate in a Senior's recorder group with Erica as our instructor and mentor.
Erica is an excellent teacher --- kind, gentle, pleasant, positive and encouraging, really smart, knows her students and their audience. She is skilled at encouraging, all the while cheerfully challenging one to move forward.
Erica is very community -minded, even arranging opportunities for the group to entertain others. She is very skilled at setting up the program and encouraging the participation of her own students and of everyone.
And that is a GOOD thing!"
I just want to say I have thoroughly enjoyed learning to play and hopefully
you will be able to offer class again.
"Thank you so much for doing this, Erica, as you can
tell by the attendance, it is much loved by us seniors
as well as by those in homes."