Elsie Whitley
Elsie Whitley

‘I love to waltz (and still do) and I always sing and join in, especially Vera Lynn songs.’
– Elsie Whitley after her 91st birthday in Feb 2012, resident at Highermead in Camelford

it made my day! Usually people come and play all the same old war songs, but Rowena’s was different – it was a wonderful selection and she included my requests too.
– Peggy Pilkiewicz at Kenwyn care home in 2014

Well what a magnificent do you provided for us.  Thoroughly enjoyed by all.  One woman said how she felt elated and many commented on how happy you were.
Organiser Mr Stephen Tindall at Parkwood court, Tavistock July 2014

Rowena is one of the best entertainers who visit here – she is just the right volume, just the right programme and it’s nice we can join in with her instruments“.
– Patricia Keen, resident of Crantock Lodge, Newquay 2014

“Rowena has a very pleasant, clear and easy to listen to voice and a gentle personality that the residents enjoy and shows a genuine personal knowledge and interest.  She adds the flavour of the era with appropriate costume for added interest and pleasure”
–  Matron,The Birches, Notts

“Rowena is a most versatile performer, and plays a number of instruments exceptionally well and soon endears herself to one and all and with her uncanny way.  She soon gets residents singing and moving their feet to the rhythm, which is just what is needed in a nursing home”
– Mr S Brown, Chairman Branston Court residents Assoc., Staffs.

“The residents reported that she put her heart and soul into her performance and that they really enjoyed it’
– Mr Andy Kirby at Kenwyn care home, Crediton in Ocotber 2011

“Music accesses a different area of the brain than the more usual communication and speech areas. Sometimes when there are difficulties, music can facilitate communication in ways that language cannot”
– NHS speech & Language Therapist Joan Treasurer,  Tintagel, 2012

Margaret Joyce
Margaret Joyce

‘My husband Bill was a sax player in a dance band during the 1940s and 50s called the Melody Makers.  Hearing the music takes me back to those days – happy memories. I know all of the songs Rowena does.  It’s a new experience for me to play an instrument rather than just singing along or listening.’
– Mrs Margaret Joyce, at Bodmeyrick residential home in Devon

“I have listened to Rowena on a number of occasions at St Anne’s in Whitstone, Cornwall where the residents really seem to enjoy listening and joining in with her various songs and tales of days gone bye.  What a very talented lady she is.’
– Mandy Vanstone, daughter of a resident

“Rowena’s music motivates people – especially as she adapts to what the residents want to hear.  They all look forward to her visits.’
– Retired Cornish residential home owner Phoebe

“I was in the church choir and I know everything Rowena plays and I love trying on her hats! I look forward to her coming and get ready to enjoy it.”
– Resident Mary Matthews at St Annes, Whitstone

“I am a member of Truro Cathedral Music and my father played the saw.  I’ve had a life in music, especially the organ, which I first played myself in 1937. I particularly love it when Rowena performs Jerusalem on the violin and The Holy City for me.”
– Reverend HG Tucker resident at St Annes

“I enjoy the visits to the home we have from Rowena. She is very friendly and I like to see the picture boards she shows us all to do with each piece of music she plays and am looking forward to her next visit”
– Audrey Hudson resident at The Devonshire Nursing Home, Eastbourne, 2012

“Rowena is always cheerful and interacts with all of us very well. I enjoy seeing the lovely costumes she wears”
– Hazel Beales, resident at The Devonshire Nursing Home, Eastbourne, 2012

‘It’s not just your average singalong – it’s music with a twist; the unique addition of reminiscence”
– Cheryl, Deputy manager at St Petrocs, Bodmin, 2013