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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.

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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

Carers Bromley, Week 1 Report

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On Monday 16th September, Community Music In Action kicked off its fourth project of 2013: weekly singing sessions for adult carers run in partnership with Carers Bromley and local a cappella choir Just Voices.

The turnout at the first session was excellent with nearly 30 enthusiastic and slightly apprehensive carers in attendance. Cathy Davies, Musical Director of Just Voices, put everyone at ease with fun team-building exercises that had everyone smiling, laughing and touching toes. These were followed by vocal warm-ups; the newly-formed ensemble sounded surprisingly good and the carers began to relax and enjoy themselves as a result. Then came some African songs that had everyone a little tongue tied at first, but once they’d mastered the lyrics their confidence and the collective sound grew stronger.

At the tea break, 30 people who had started the morning as individuals began to interact and develop relationships, demonstrating that this kind of project can provide a social support network as well as an opportunity to learn a new skill.

To round things off, Cathy divided the group into sopranos, altos and tenors to sing the well-known pop song ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’. The simple harmonies gave the carers their first taste of how they could sound as a choir.

Based on the eruption of chatter when the singing ended, the carers were very impressed with what they’d achieved in just one 90-minute session.

“Didn’t we sound great, I’m so glad I came.”
Workshop participant

The project runs every Monday until Christmas so be sure to check back each week for updates. Monday mornings just got a whole lot better!