Tamworth choir excited to be singing at Alzheimer’s Society’s Carols at Christmas

 

A Tamworth choir with personal experience of dementia will be singing at a special carol concert in December to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

The Mercian Singers will be appearing along with other choirs at St Editha Church on December 7th where there will be traditional festive songs and readings.

Andy Smith, Musical Director for Mercian Singers said: “We are delighted to be performing at the Alzheimer’s Society concert in Tamworth and we hope you enjoy listening to the selection of music from our journey over the last few months as a Mixed Voice Choir as much as we have enjoyed preparing it.”

Mercian Singers first performed at the beginning of June 2017 and since then have undertaken various engagements and grown rapidly into a 45 strong Mixed Voice Choir and uniquely amongst mixed choirs who more often than not have a women/men imbalance, have an almost exactly equal number. This has enabled Musical Director Andy Smith to work on a range of challenging pieces of music.

Steve Daniels, Chairman of Mercian Singers regularly volunteers with Alzheimer’s Society. He said: “I have now been a volunteer for Singing for the Brain at the Lichfield Group for just over a year. The sessions are very interactive. They include a short social with tea and coffee and biscuits. We then start the singing and it is great to see the reaction of the service users. It is magical to watch as their faces light up and words come flooding back. I am honoured to be a volunteer for such a valued organisation.”

The event will be ‘dementia-friendly’ with stewards on hand who have taken part in Dementia Friends information sessions and there will be clear signs in the venue to help people find their way around.

Lisa Courtney, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in Tamworth said: “It’s touching that members of the Mercian Singers with personal experience of dementia will be singing at the concert in December. There are 850,000 people with the condition in the UK, including an estimated 2,035 people over-65 in the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsular. So many people’s lives have been touched by dementia and this will be an opportunity for us to all come together and unite against dementia for an evening.”

Tickets for the event cost £10 for an adult, £5 for a child (under 9 years of age) and £12 for a combined ticket for a person with dementia and their carer.

All proceeds will help Alzheimer’s Society provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

To book your tickets in advance or to find out more, visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/carolsatchristmas or call 0330 333 0804.

 

Sourced from James Dixon