On 4 April 2017, the first Community Music In Action project for 2017 commenced when musician Sarah Fisher led the first of ten singalong music sessions at Eversleigh Residential Care Home. Residents, their visitors and staff joined in a variety of old time songs bringing back memories of past experiences. Tambourines and maracas accompanied some of the songs, until the maracas were taken away by two very enthusiastic visiting children! One resident, who had performed in a musical duo when he was younger proved an enthusiastic soloist once his hearing aid received new batteries and another resident who had been grumpy all day, joined in the singing and became chatty, recounting how she had attended music college when she was young.
In addition to those who attended in week one, there were some new faces for the second session, which included some of the familiar songs from last week and introduced some new ones, including Tom Jones and Elvis Presley numbers. Again our enthusiastic soloist enjoyed taking the limelight with What a Wonderful World. It was really good to be able to bring a smile to the faces of the residents and see them sharing the experience of making music together.