Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:51
A couple of thoughts on performing at care-homes and the liike. (Experienced all these myself!)
Your audience can have very different ideas of being entertained.
Music fans who love hearing any live classical music;
Folk who like to hear classical pieces they know;
Those who very much appreciate that someone comes especially to play to them;
Folk who like to hear music they can sing along to, things from their childhood;
Those who like background music while they chat with their friends (not necessarily the person sitting next to them);
Those with dementia who recognise that music is music and start to sing a favourite song irrespective of what the musician is playing; (Had that one in a church service in a Home for the Elderly)
Even those who really love the music played, may not have the attention span to listen for too long and may become restless.
You may well land up with a mixture of these types.
And there are those who appreciate you coming, love the music and want to tell you so. And they love to tell you about their own musical experiences too. Be patient with them. (This is us in five, ten, twenty, thirty, forty or fifty years time!)