Martina has a lot of expertise in entertaining and animating audiences of all ages. Currently she is focussing on how to reach those who are isolated by the Covid-19 crisis – either by producing pre-recorded musical programmes, live via zoom or even in person – with strict adherence to all Covid-19 health and safety guidance.
Drawing on her experiences from workiCollaborating with companies and organisations, all sharing the aim of bringing the arts into unusual settings, especially health settings, Martina has developed a large repertoire, especially for elderly people, playing in hospital wards, nursing homes, sheltered housing and day centres, enabling her to reach out to the older people with her performance.
According to the musical taste of her hosts she will play her accordion or ukulele, sing and animate her audience to join in with singing,, clapping, gentle movement and dancing according to their ability. Each performance in these unique situations is a “happening”, often unlocking memories and emotions, apart from being a welcome change of the daily routine. For Martina it’s a very rewarding experience. Her repertoire is very varied, including a lot of music from around the world and from different eras, addressing her audience’s individual cultural background.
Normally held at Chat’s Palace, East London, Martina has resumed leading singing sessions for the over 65s group the Palace Club online.
Martina is currently delivering many dance & music in health sessions in collaboration with Green Candle Dance Company all over London, see below a documentary about the dance company’s important work on BBC Health check news