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Carers Bromley Week 8 Report

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat! Carers Choir are working hard to perfect their own interpretations of well known Christmas carols. Check out their version of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.

The choir will be singing this and other festive tunes at their next performance:

Carers Bromley Christmas Gathering

Monday 16th December at 10.00am

Carers Bromley Head Quarters
2nd Floor, Caritas House
Tregony Road
Orpington
BR6 9XA

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Carers Bromley Week 7 Report

Carers Bromley Choir debut performance

On Tuesday 29th October, Carers Choir delivered their first performance at the BME Active Citizens Awards. Performing to an audience of around 50, the choir sang three songs and were so well received that the audience joined in!

Andrew Stickells, Communications and Information Projects Officer for Community Links Bromley, who organised the event, gave these comments…….

“I just wanted to say how fantastic the Carers Choir were, they brought a smile to so many people at our BME Active Citizens Awards, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have had them there. It is astounding that they have been together such as short amount of time and have achieved so much, and what lovely people they all are! Please extend my thanks on behalf of CLB to the whole group and the women from Just Voices!

5 Minute Interview

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Name
Veronica Moloney, ‘New’ Carers Choir Member

Who do you care for?
Mainly my husband, but also my 100 year old mother who is in a nursing home.

How much of your time is dedicated to caring?
3-4 hours a day.

What’s your background?
I am a retired Health Visitor and also a trained nurse and midwife. I worked in Uganda for 2 years and various other hospitals. I have two sons and four grand children.

How did you hear about the Carers Bromley project?
At our support group meetings.

Why did you decide to join?
I’ve wanted to join an informal singing group for some time. I was unable to attend the first few sessions of the choir as I had to help train a new carer.

As a newcomer, how have you found the singing sessions so far?
Very enjoyable and fun; just what I needed!

What are you personally getting out of the singing sessions?
The chance to really switch off from caring but still be with people in similar situations. I find it relaxing and fun to use my voice.

What song would you most like to hear the choir sing?
Pass! I love it all! I used to sing around camp fires as a scout leader and I’ve also sung with a large hospital choir – the best experience was singing ’Messiah’ at the Royal Albert Hall.

What word would you use to sum up your experience of Carers Bromley Choir so far?
BRILLIANT!

Carers Bromley Week 6 Report

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Carers Bromley Choir have their first gig!

On 29th October 2013, Carers Bromley Choir will be performing at the BME Active Citizens Awards

Community Links Bromley is pleased to announce the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Active Citizens Awards. These Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the positive contribution that BME individuals and community organisations make to life in Bromley. The awards ceremony will take place from 17:00 – 19:30 at Community House, South Street, Bromley, BR1 1RH.

The choir are working on perfecting the handful of songs they have been learning, in time for their performance next Tuesday.

Here is a sound recording from the session this week. The song is ‘I Hear Singing and There’s No-one There’ by Donald O’Connor and Ethel Merman, from the musical movie, ‘Call Me Madam’.

Carers Bromley, Week 5 Report

5 Minute Interview

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Name
Liz Dore, Carers Bromley Choir member

Who do you care for?
My Mum, who has serious mobility issues and Alzheimer’s.

How much of your time is dedicated to caring?
Mum lives in a flat underneath us so I pop in and out several times during the day. I help with all of her day to day needs and take her out shopping and to hospital appointments.

How did you hear about the Carers Bromley project?
It was in the Carers Bromley Newsletter;  a really helpful document that lists events and courses and gives advice to carers.

Why did you decide to join?
I have sang with various choirs for many years but stopped when I started my family. I sing with my church music group and in local concerts every now and then, but I would love to sing in a choir on a regular basis.

How have you found the singing sessions so far?
Brilliant! Cathy is a fantastic choir master – encouraging, funny, talented and she is definitely getting the best out of us. I can’t believe that in just a few weeks we are singing four part harmonies and sounding pretty good!

What have you enjoyed/not enjoyed so much?
Everyone is really friendly, the atmosphere is very supportive and I think we are all enjoying having this time each week to have fun, laugh alot and create something wonderful together.

What are you personally getting out of the singing sessions?
I think singing is a great tonic – physically and emotionally. It’s a real joy to come together with a group of people who you know are going through similar trials at home but, with whom you can put your troubles aside for a couple of hours to do something completely different and totally uplifting.

What song would you most like to hear the choir sing?
We sing unaccompanied so I think it would be fun to try a madrigal or perhaps a carol, as it’s nearly Christmas! ‘Dulci Jubilo’ would be perfect as it has such beautiful harmonies.

What word would you use to sum up your experience of the project so far?
FAB-U-LOUS!

Interview by Sarah Richardson

Carers Bromley, Week 4 Report

5 Minute Interview

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Name
Pam Russell, Carers’ Choir member

Who do you care for?
My husband

How much of your time is dedicated to caring?
Daily from 8am to 11pm, sometimes with a couple of hours away with a friend for coffee.

How did you hear about the Carers Bromley project?
I saw an article about it in the Carers magazine.

Why did you decide to join?
I was in a choir until the age of 16 and loved it, so thought I’d grab hold of this opportunity to start singing again.

How have you found the singing sessions so far?
I have been very impressed with the organisation and leadership of the project. It has been a productive few weeks, and the sessions are delivered in a lovely light-hearted manner, which is what us carers need. Also, the camaraderie which is forming is very impressive and heartening.

What have you enjoyed/not enjoyed so much?
I can honestly say that I enjoy everything about it!

What are you personally getting out of the singing sessions?
The feeling of joining in, and of not feeling alone… I’ve felt a sense of achievement at reaching those top notes, as well as mastering the songs and creating fab harmonies!

What song would you most like to hear the choir sing?
‘Goodnight Girl’ by Wet Wet Wet

What word would you use to sum up your experience of the project so far?
JOYFUL!

Interview by Sarah Richardson