Community Service: Performance in the Community
Along with the many other community service activities who leave the campus each Monday, a group of around twenty-four boys perform music for residents and carers in old people's homes and hospitals in Oxfordshire. We do this as it is not only beneficial to the people in care homes, but it is an important life lesson for us: it teaches us strength, courage, kindness and, above all, determination. On a typical Monday, we leave at around 1:30 and drive to the location. It takes a while to set up pianos and get all of the instruments ready because many of the places where we perform are in quite tight spaces. Once we start performing, we always have a good reception: elderly residents love it. Sometimes they even get up and dance as you can see in the photo! When everybody, including the accompanying dons, has played a piece, we talk to the residents and this is where I find we can make a big difference - it is easy in places like care homes to get lonely, so having a young, fresh face to talk to is incredibly well-received.
Ed Buchanan, H Social
Playing music in public has been a great experience for me so far. I have been able to contribute to the local community and it has enabled me to meet some really interesting people. My public performance skills and social skills have also benefited greatly from the weekly performances. I am greatly looking forward to what is yet to come. I would highly recommend this community service option to other musicians at Radley because I have learnt a lot from speaking to the older generations.
Harry Young, K Social
Photographs taken of Fifth form boys performing at Marston Court Care Home, Headington, Oxford