Howard Morrison Quartet show dementia care support

The Howard Morrison Quartet – Hoki Mai: From left: Russell Harrison, Jack Grace, Howard Morrison Junior and Chris Powley. Photo: Supplied.

All those that missed out on sold out performances in February, will get the chance to enjoy the music and humour of The Howard Morrison Quartet in Rotorua this week.

Featuring Howard Morrison Junior, Russell Harrison, Chris Powley and Jack Grace, the Friday, April 23 evening cabaret nearly sold out, however there are still some tickets available for the Friday matinee and the Saturday evening cabaret.

Home of the late Sir Howard Morrison and three of the quartet members, these long awaited Rotorua shows signal a homecoming and a heartfelt “thank you” from the Morrison family.

“Rotorua has been hugely supportive of my entire family for decades and these shows are our way of giving back,” says Howard Morrison Junior. “We have chosen The CARE Village, a charitable trust, to support during these performances in recognition of the kindness and respect offered to our mother, Lady Kuia Morrison.”

The Take Two tour and Rotorua shows were originally created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of legendary entertainer Sir Howard Morrison's death, and offer an opportunity for Sir Howard's wife, Lady Kuia Morrison, to reconnect with his music.

“Mum suffers from dementia and since her health has deteriorated she is now receiving fantastic whānau care in The CARE Village”, explains Howie.

"We are looking forward to bring her to the Rotorua shows. She loves listening to the songs Dad used to sing. Every time she gets upset, we get the guitars out and sing some of the old songs and it's the only thing that makes her chirpy again."

Based in Ngongatahā, The CARE Village is the first of its kind to be built in the world outside of the Netherlands. The concept of giving people in need of care the opportunity to go about their normal lives is inspired by the renowned Dutch dementia village, De Hogeweyk.

“We are humbled to be the beneficiaries of this wonderful celebration and are looking forward to the show ourselves,” says Therese Jeffs, chief executive the CARE Village. “Our collectors will be at every show to receive your donations or you can donate online. Every dollar helps us to do everything we can to allow our residents to live a normal life.”

Performances at the Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, will include a matinee on Friday, April 23 and now two evening cabaret shows on Friday 23 and Saturday, April 24 2021.

Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.nz or from the Ticketmaster Box Office now located at the Rotorua iSite (Fenton Street).

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