Fanfare for Care

16th November 2021

Fanfare for Care: recognition for Greater Manchester’s care workforce

To honour, celebrate and thank Greater Manchester’s workers within the care sector, and the thousands of people they support and care for, the region’s Hallé Orchestra have recorded and shared a new piece celebrating their work through the Covid-19 pandemic, named Fanfare for Care – a thank you to all care staff.

Fanfare for Care

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 region’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.

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.”

Stephanie Butterworth, Tameside Council director of adult services and on behalf of Greater Manchester Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“Developing this partnership between the Hallé, our ten areas of Greater Manchester and the Health and Social Care Partnership has been a fantastic achievement and one we are immensely proud of.

During the pandemic, our care staff worked tirelessly to ensure people received the best care and support they needed and have played such an important role supporting the most vulnerable people in our community. They have shown commitment and determination, and their resilience has kept us all going. Through the wonderful Fanfare for Care, we can in a small way thank them for their commitment.”

Jo Chilton, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership director of social care transformation said:

“Here in Greater Manchester, we are rightly proud of the health and care workforce. Care workers have done a remarkable job throughout the pandemic in difficult circumstances. The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the incredible support and commitment of the care sector, and up and down the country. The Fanfare is a recognition of the everyday amazing work our thousands of staff do and their selflessness and absolute passion and commitment to supporting people.

We are delighted and proud to be partnering with the Hallé and bring the well-established benefits of music to staff across Greater Manchester and people who receive care and support.”

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.