RESIDENTS at a Somerset care home - including a 100-year-old ballerina - got to enjoy a special night of music from the proms with a performance from a renowned orchestra.

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Crandon Springs care home, in Wells, were treated to a unique streamed performance from the English National Ballet’s Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate Last Night of the Proms.

Among those watching was Crandon Springs resident Emma, who is 100 years old and got to relive her time as a ballerina.

The English National Ballet Philharmonic is made up of many of the country’s top musicians, and boasts considerable experience in all forms of music-making.

With insights and anecdotes into what it takes to conduct an orchestra for a world-class ballet company, this special concert for Barchester Care Homes got everyone’s feet tapping, arms waving and hearts singing.

General manager at Crandon Springs, Natalie Deverall, said: “It was such a treat, our residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

"A lot of our residents have a lifetime of dancing memories and to see such a beautiful photograph of Emma really was a beautiful moment. 

"The orchestra sounded absolutely brilliant and we loved hearing their stories about what it is like to perform at that level.”

Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, English National Ballet’s director of engagement, said: “We are delighted to be able to share the outstanding work of our talented Philharmonic Orchestra with Barchester’s residents and staff. 

"The iconic music of the Last Night of the Proms is so rousing and evocative, we felt certain this was a concert that would resonate with the residents and get everyone singing and dancing along.”

Lucy Tomlinson, resident experience manager for Barchester Healthcare, added: “We love working with our wonderful partners like English National Ballet to bring a wide range of fantastic experiences into our homes for all to enjoy.

"The session was just wonderful and so nostalgic, our residents loved reminiscing about what the music meant to them.

“Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and socially connected, providing a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.”

Crandon Springs is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers.