The Hallé Orchestra have recorded and shared a new piece celebrating the work of Greater Manchester and Tameside's care workers, and the thousands of people they support and care for.
Named Fanfare for Care, it is a thank you to all care staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Inspired by the people who work in adult social care, Hallé education director and composer Steve Pickett composed a fanfare for brass and percussion.
The piece itself is based on the word care, using a theme on the notes C, A, D (the musical equivalent of R) and E.
The Hallé and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the Greater Manchester’s health and care body, have committed to further activities together through the Halle’s outreach programme.
These include relaxed concerts at the Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, and in care homes, singalong workshops and other therapeutic activities which support people to live well at home.
Cllr Eleanor Wills, Tameside Council executive member for Adult Social Care and Population Health, said: “Staff in the care sector have played such a vital role in our response to the pandemic and it’s great we can thank them in a small way through the fantastic Fanfare for Care.
“We’re so proud of our care workers and the remarkable job they’ve done across the borough. Thanks to their commitment and dedication some of the most vulnerable people in our community received fantastic support at such a challenging time.”
Steve Pickett, Hallé education director and composer, said: “I was delighted when the idea of a Fanfare for Care emerged as a way of thanking Greater Manchester's care workers for all their astonishing work during the Covid-19 crisis. The Fanfare celebrates both the unique and ongoing partnership with the Greater Manchester care sector, and the invaluable care and love that has been shown in a million ways by staff on the Covid front line.
“The Fanfare sounds the Hallé’s admiration and support for the care sector’s dedicated workforce and I hope in some small way, this rousing and exciting piece pays tribute to the people who helped so many get through the pandemic.”
In September, the Hallé played their piece for the first time outside the Ross Place Day Centre in Ardwick to staff from across the city-region.
Fifteen musicians, together with Hallé principal conductor Sir Mark Elder performed in front of an audience of invited guests and care staff.