Stars serenade aged care residents

Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidke and stars serenade aged care residents

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Katie Noonan performs for Paul, an aged care resident at Abri on the Gold Coast.

Katie Noonan performs for Paul, an aged care resident at Abri on the Gold Coast.


Aussie music stars unite for aged care residents


Aussie music stars have united during COVID-19 to be part of a tear-jerking and wholesome new webseries for Anglicare Southern Queensland.

By Request: A Playlist of Memories is dedicated to aged care residents and the transformative power of music. The series was live streamed much to the excitement of its staff, residents and their families aross its homes in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

Artists in the series include: Katie Noonan; Isaiah Firebrace; Jess & Matt; Harrison Craig; Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc); Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont; Emma Birdsall; and Kate Miller-Heidke.

The series was filmed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and aged care lockdowns, with musicians self filming in their homes across Australia.

Artists involved have all said that the series has reminded them how important music is and being able to share their voices to celebrate our elders has helped them through lockdown too.

Anglicare Southern Queensland executive director Karen Crouch said By Request allows the organisation to share the stories of their residents and celebrate the full lives that they have lived.

"By Request is an eight-part web series celebrating music's ability to connect us back to our treasured memories," Ms Crouch said.

"The series features some of our residents sharing their life stories connected to their favourite song, and they're delighted when an Australian music star surprises them with a performance of their favourite song just for them.

"The series really has reminded us that music is so powerful and an important force to lift our spirits during these uncertain times," Ms Crouch said.

"We believe it is a privilege to care for older Australians and share in their life journeys."

The series has already been shared and watched hundreds of thousands of times and has caused an outpouring of emotion.