Since the beginnings of human civilisation, music has been a world where ceremonies encounter dancing, a world of invocations and of listening. With music, we can be entirely ourselves in our own homes or in a gathering of a hundred thousand people; music is there for us from the cradle to the grave. We think of music in terms of great symphonies and simple children’s songs; we find in music the triumphs and failures of professional artists as well as the joy that amateurs find playing in their ensembles. Our country is a model to many others for its system of comprehensive, highly democratic music education on many levels, and there are growing efforts throughout Europe to bring the world of the arts to the elderly.
The Czech Philharmonic does not wish to fall behind in this area, either, so in an effort to make music accessible to all listeners, to its programmes for children and the youth from various social groups, it is now adding activation workshops for the elderly. These workshops will be deliberately “non-competitive” in their orientation, with an emphasis on shared experience in working with simple musical instruments, listening, and movement – they will offer something to all participants regardless of age, ability, or musical experience.