Musicians from a world famous orchestra brought the roar of the crowd and the smell of the grease paint to a care home as part of a “magical” circus workshop.

Two members of Manchester’s acclaimed Hallé orchestra brought the joyous sounds of the Big Top to Pendine Park in Wrexham, engaging residents in a magical melee of entertainment.

It was particularly appropriate because Mario Kreft MBE, the owner of Pendine Park, comes from a circus family.

His late father, Franz Kreft, travelled the world as a lion and bear tamer and Mario was Christened in a circus tent in South Africa by the Bishop of Durban.

Franz Kreft, a native of Slovenia who died aged 90 in 2014, made history just over 60 years ago when he starred in the first ever live TV broadcast from Rhyl.

He carried on working until he was 77.

Joan Hayes, 93, was among those who delighted in the circus themed extravaganza led by Hallé musicians David Petri on keyboard and violinist Caroline Abbott.

Visually impaired Joan agreed to set the pace for one of the songs by tapping her feet in time to the music, encouraging everyone else to follow her rhythm.

She said: “It’s a great way to lift the spirits and encourage a good mood vibe.

“I’m struggling to see the detail of the costumes and individual actions of some of the performers but I can certainly make out the bright colours and, of course, the vibrant beat of the music is easy to follow. It’s been lovely joining in with everyone.”

Residents played an array of percussion instruments including maracas, castanets, finger symbols, hand drums and wooden blocks to accompany David and Caroline in cheery numbers ranging from That’s Entertainment to The Hornpiper and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.

Pendine Park enrichment and activities co-ordinators Chris Lewis and Elaine Lee donned circus themed costumes specially for the day. Chris transformed herself into Coco the Clown, complete with bright red curly wig and comical red nose. Elaine dressed up in red and black top and tails as a circus ringmaster. She had everyone on the edge of their seats as she mimed a tightrope act. Juggling and plate-spinning sessions also kept residents highly entertained.

An unmissable display of a model Big Top added to the carnival capers. The show-stopping creation was carefully constructed by residents at circus themed craft sessions during the year.

Pendine Park artist in residence, Sarah Edwards, thanked David and Caroline for leading the workshops.

She said: “We’re so lucky to have musicians of such high calibre here. The Hallé is one of the most famous symphony orchestras in the world and we are honoured to be able to work so closely with its professionals.

“I know all the residents who take part in these workshops have a wonderful time, not just via the musical education learning process, but in developing their social skills through music too. It really is such fantastic therapy and a joy to be a part of.”

Mario said: “Both my parents worked in the circus for many years, and it’s funny how the performing arts side of things translates into what we do at Pendine Park.

“We’ve very much focused on arts enrichment in the 30 years we’ve been going and we have a long-running partnership with the Hallé who brought the roar of the crowd and the smell of the grease paint to a thoroughly enjoyable session at Highfield.

“Running a care home organisation in Wales can be very much like spinning plates and juggling at times but the amazing performance we’ve had here today has been light hearted and very much about having a laugh and enriching lives across the generations.”