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Carers Bromley ‘Festive Concert’

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On Tuesday we went along to Carers Bromley ‘Festive Concert’, to show our support. Having collected a complimentary glass of mulled wine, we joined one of the tables in the packed hall, and waited for it all to start.

First up were Tubbenden Primary School choir, who performed some traditional carols and well known Christmas songs. They were very sweet, with a couple of lovely solos as well.

Carers Bromley choir were next and delivered some brilliant harmonies. They finished with their alternative version of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ which was very clever and raised a laugh.

‘Just Voices’, an excellent a cappella singing group, and ‘Just for show’, a 3 part ensemble followed, after which refreshments were served to us in the interval.

The second half featured ‘The Ukulaviators’, singing and playing some well-known songs on their ukuleles. and 3’s Company, a 3-part male vocalist group, although only two could make it on the day(!)

The afternoon commenced with a raffle and ‘sing-along’ Christmas song, leaving us all feeling thoroughly festive!





Young Carers, Bromley, August 2014

Following the success of last summer, Community Music In Action revisited the young people at Carers Bromley for two days back in August for a brand new project.

We teamed up with ‘Inspire-works’, whose facilitator Catherine Ring delivered samba drumming to the young people, and together they created enough rhythmic energy to get the whole room grooving in time to the latin beat.

The deep pounding surdo drums with the syncopated overlayered sounds comprised of an assortment of percussive instruments, created an amazing carnival sound that transported the participants to Rio de Janeiro!

Over the course of the two days they were taught a traditional piece of Brazilian samba batucada, learnt the roles of the different instruments and played a variety of patterns, breaks and rhythmic responses in an ensemble.


  • To provide samba drumming for young carers during the summer holidays that young people are enthusiastic about and enjoy being part of.
  • To provide a time of respite for young carers and allow them to socialise with other young carers, and build friendships through making music together.
  • To inspire young people and enable them to express themselves.
  • To include everyone and make activities accessible to all participants.
  • To document the project through film/photos.
  • To encourage collaboration, community spirit and a sense of achievement.

“Catherine was very friendly and capable. She fully engaged
all the young people and their evaluations
of the project were very positive”

Carers Bromley


Catherine is a freelance percussionist, based in London. Her experience ranges from classical orchestral percussion to Brazilian music and hand percussion. Some of her drum kit experience includes an on-stage role in Clod Ensemble’s “An Anatomie” at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. She has worked with artists such as Dionne Warwick and Imogen Heap, as well as having vast experience in the classical music world.

A strong interest in the music of Brazil led Catherine to gain a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. This permitted her to travel to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador to conduct research into samba music and dance and it’s effect on children and the community. Since then, she returned to Brazil twice more and performed alongside Monobloco and Sargento Pimenta in some of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious venues. This year, she made her Notting Hill Carnival debut playing Maracatu with Mariana Pinho and the Yamuna Yemanja project.

Catherine is an enthusiastic teacher and collaborator. She regularly delivers samba, West African drumming and other percussion workshops both privately and through Inspire-Works. Alongside her teaching at Eltham College and with Southwark Music Service, she has been involved in LSO Discovery work, Wigmore Hall education, LPO Funharmonics and ETO education department.

Catherine worked with 4 schools in West London earlier this year to prepare them for a Guinness World Record attempt. Alongside a further 23 schools, they managed to break the record for the World’s Largest Samba Band in March 2014.


Inspire-works was devised by its two core members, Mike and Jacqui Simpson a professional musician/teacher and a theatre director/teacher of dance & drama respectively, who studied and researched Balinese arts whilst living on the island. They call upon the expertise, knowledge and practical approach of additional facilitators who may be used as workshop leaders or assistants.

Inspire-works work with over 60,000 children and young adults in over 500 schools throughout southeast England each academic year.

Carers Bromley – new term – update

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On Monday 24th February we popped in to see Carers Bromley Choir, who are now in their second term of rehearsals. Community Music In Action and Carers Bromley are funding the project 50/50 for a further term and Cathy Davies of ‘Just Voices’ is continuing to lead the choir.

It was great to see all the same faces from last term along with some new members. Over the past few weeks Cathy and the choir have been brushing up on some of their old songs as well as adding some new songs to their repertoire. The choir are currently learning ‘California Dreaming’ and a cracking little number in which the Tenors, Altos and Sopranos get to have a bit of a sing off! All in all we were very impressed by how professional the choir sounded and looked. They are really growing in confidence and it is such a pleasure to see.

Furthermore, Carers Bromley Choir have been invited to perform at two events. On Thursday 13th March they will be performing at Community House in Bromley and on Saturday 12th July they will be taking part in the ‘Carefree Concert’ at St Johns Church, Beckenham. Watch this space for more details.

The Carers Bromley Choir project has and continues to be such a success. After conducting an evaluation of the first term we’ve had some fantastic feedback. Here are just a few of the carer’s comments:

“I like the informality and no one asks why if
we cannot attend. I just love it!”

“The choir is uplifting and fun. We laugh and enjoy ourselves”

“It’s great meeting like minded people who enjoy singing
and being able to forget our problems at home for a while”

“However worrying and frustrating things are
I know that Monday morning is Choir!”

Carers Bromley Choir rehearse every Monday morning at Bromley Common Baptist Church from 10am – 12 noon. New members are welcomed.

Happy New Year!

It seems like only yesterday that we were rushing around getting ready for Christmas, and suddenly it’s all over and here we are in 2014!

2013 was a busy year for Community Music In Action, with no less than four projects taking place. Rehearsals resumed for the Carers Bromley Choir on Monday 13 January, and we look forward to hearing what they have planned for this term. Many thanks to Sarah for volunteering with the choir last term, and for her lively and informative weekly blogs.

Local Beckenham choir FUNdamentally GOSPEL held their Winter Concert on the 14 December, with all proceeds going to CMIA. I’m pleased to announce it was another huge success, with uplifting music, a packed house, and a whopping £886 raised. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped make it such a fun evening!

Here is one of the songs from the concert – ‘Joyful, Joyful’ (feat. Sarah Archard). Enjoy!

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

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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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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?

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’.