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?
Interview by Sarah Richardson