I have always maintained that one of the best things a choir can do is to go out and sing in their local community. Putting on concerts is one thing, and yes that’s great and often charities will benefit from ticket sales at larger choir concerts.  However, sometimes it’s the little things which count more and, many would argue, are in fact much more charitable.

Regular readers of this blog will know that Anne-Marie and I were recently appointed as Music Team for Tetbury Community Choir.   The choir has only recently started meeting back in person after nearly a 2 year break.  We therefore felt it was important to have an event for them to work towards.   Embracing the whole concept of a Community Choir, we decided that the best thing we could do would be to go and perform in a Residential Care Home.

The choir chose Upton Mill Care Home in Tetbury which is a brand new home that opened in 2021.

Over the past 20 years nearly all my choirs, with, I believe only one exception, have sung in care homes particularly around Christmas.  For me, this represents everything that a Community Choir should be. Music is something to be shared, and choirs are the best way of bringing music into the local community.

As well as the choir singing a few songs of their own, we will be singing lots of carols and festive songs that residents will be able to join in with.   All of this, of course, will be done in line with any guidelines relating to Covid-19 that might be in place at the time of the event.  But for now, we remain hopeful that we can share some festive spirit in our local community and bring back the joy of Christmas to a little corner of Tetbury.


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