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Eversleigh, update, Bromley 2017

Residents at Eversleigh have continued to enjoy the music sessions led by
Sarah Fisher over recent weeks and have grown in confidence.

John, a 96 year old resident relives his experiences as a performer by singing My Way by Frank Sinatra to the other residents!




Eversleigh – Update from project leader

“I’ve played at Eversleigh three times now and the residents are getting to know me.  They are so enthusiastic as far as a sing song is concerned . There are about 15 people in all and the average age is 90 !!! So songs and musicals that were written round the 30s/40s go down a treat .

We have a couple of real characters – John who lights up when he sings thinking he’s back in the clubs , and a lady who loves a moan but then gets into the swing of it all. They have many stories to tell and over the next few weeks we may get a few good ones . Anyhow I feel they love the hour I spend with them playing the piano and singing . It’s such a boost to their memory . It’s really a jolly fun afternoon . I love going there it gives me a boost also!

Sarah Fisher, Project Leader

Eversleigh project, Bromley, 2017

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.

Gospel Christmas Extravaganza 2014

Last year was Community Music in Action‘s busiest year to date, which saw us run a total of six fantastic projects in our local area. In December FUNdamentally GOSPEL joined forces with the Salvation Army in Bromley to put on a ‘Gospel Christmas Extravaganza’, with both gospel and traditional songs (and some funky fusions), plus the Salvation Army’s band and timbrels players. In total they raised almost £1000 for CMIA! Check out  FUNdamentally GOSPEL’s facebook page for more photos plus videos.

Carers Bromley to host a Festive Concert

Carers Bromley would like to invite you to their Festive Concert which will take place on Tuesday 9th December, from 2pm – 4pm. There will be performances from ‘Carers Choir’ (set up by Community Music In Action ),  ‘Just Voices’ vocal group plus other guest performers.

They will be serving hot beverages, cakes and mince pies to your table and there will be the opportunity for a sing-a-long at the end!

To reserve your free place(s), please call their helpline on 0800 015 7700.

Date:    Tuesday 9th December 2014
Time:    2pm to 4pm
Cost:     Free
Venue: Petts Wood Memorial Hall,
200 Petts Wood Road,
Petts Wood, BR5 1LA

We very much hope that you will be able to join them. The more the merrier!


Living Well, Penge, Summer 2014

Back in the summer of 2014, Community Music In Action, delivered a project working with the users of a charity called Living Well.

Living Well is a charity started in a Penge church which partners with a number of organisations to provide help and support to local vulnerable people. Partners include Bromley Drug and Alcohol Service (BDAS), Bromley Police Community Support and Bromley Mind.

It provides a food bank three times a week, a hot meal with community activities on Fridays and an art therapy group on Mondays as well as friendship and support through volunteers who form a community together with service users.

The volunteers at Living Well saw that some of the users of their service had various musical skills / interests and there had been many occasions where spontaneous music making and / or singing has taken place. They recognised that what was needed was an facilitator to come and work with them to provide a structure / support to work within and help to give focus and encouragement to members lacking in confidence.

The workshop leader, Gary Day was chosen to facilitate a series of informal/flexible music sessions over a period of six weeks.

During these sessions Gary worked closely with a group of 10-15 people, and together they came up with which songs they would like to learn. Gary brought along a variety of equipment each week including microphones, guitars and amps, and keyboards. They were also taught how to make music using an ipad, which proved very popular! The sessions were pretty informal and Gary gave them a certain amount of autonomy as to what they wanted to do. The aim is that the community will carry on with these music sessions after Gary leaves.

“I noticed on a few different occasions that when some people were singing(improvising) they really expressed
the feelings they had during that day/moment which
seemed quite therapeutic for the singers!”

 Gary Day, Project Leader


Project Aims

  • identify musical skills and abilities
  • facilitate music by providing lyric sheets and resources and support needed i.e. lyrics/chord charts, instrument coaching etc…
  • identify musical leaders to lead the sessions after Gary leaves
  • Provide support to people who may wish to write their own original material
  • organise instrument swapping sessions for people to experience and try different instruments
  • introduce music software using Ipads.

“I helped my friend overcome her shyness as we sang together”

Workshop participant

Project Leader

Gary Day has been working in the field of accessible, inclusive music making and education since 2001, providing training and support in assistive music technology for teachers and teaching staff, musicians, music therapists, youth workers and freelance artists.

He works directly in the delivery of music workshops to all age groups within different settings, including FE colleges, universities, youth centres, hospitals, private homes and care homes.

Additionally, he also provide training and support in using the Sounds of Intent musical framework and delivers Arts Awards and ‘Introduction To Music’ APT-ED modules through Drake Music and Garden of Music.

Gary also writes, produces and performs his own music.