The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has announced the launch of TSO Community, a digital-based initiative that will provide easily accessible and flexible content to community aged care facilities, allowing a variety of people who may not otherwise be able to engage with the orchestra to access recordings of performances, as exclusive video content.

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Aged-care resident Betty. Photo © Brad Harris.

“We are so pleased now to have a way to be present and of service to Tasmanian elders and residents in community care. Music is such a powerful contributor to health and well-being – it improves mood, reduces anxiety, stimulates memory and when shared, it becomes a social glue,” said TSO CEO Carline Sharpen. “Tasmania’s orchestra exists for everyone and now we have a way to perform live and on demand for Tasmanians who can’t make it to a concert venue. We can’t wait to welcome this valued and important audience to the TSO.”

The program is being launched with Uniting AgeWell, an aged care service based across Tasmania and Victoria, providing both residential and in-home care services, as well as retirement living facilities. The program will be initially launched within Uniting AgeWell’s Latrobe Community, Strathdevon, in Northern Tasmania, and will be available to all community facilities. The service offers easy accessibility, including streaming across up to ten devices and flexible times for viewing concerts, allowing residents to access the content privately or for communal viewings. It offers livestreamed recordings of concerts, as well as exclusive video content produced for the service, including Concert 101, in-depth pre-concert presentations introducing the orchestra members, and music being performed.

“Music plays a very important role in people’s lives, whatever their age, harnessing joy and evoking powerful emotions in listeners. It is particularly important in aged care. The therapeutic benefits of music are well known, especially for people with dementia, helping them to relax and reduce anxiety. Uniting AgeWell ensures beautiful music continues to be a regular part of our residents’ lives, and TSO Community will make that even easier,” said a spokesperson for Uniting AgeWell.

TSO Community is a continuation of the orchestra’s efforts to deliver online digital content. Over 2020, TSO presented concerts through Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, as well as delivering livestreamed performances independently through TSO Online, on its website.

Federal Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck stated that the Australian Government is proud to support the TSO as it delivers new ways of engaging and supporting seniors.

“The on-demand streaming services offered at Uniting AgeWell Strathdevon is a shining example of how seniors in residential aged care can be connected and supported,” Colbeck said. “It is a remarkable platform capable of improving the wellbeing of seniors and I hope more residential aged care administrators consider adopting it as part of their programs.”

TSO Community is available to all Aged Care Facilities, with monthly subscriptions starting at $90 per month for up to ten screens. More information can be found on the TSO website.

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