Last week our Kaleidoscope Choir visited the patients on the Spencer Ward at Cavendish Hospital in Buxton. We invited the patients and their families to join us for an open rehearsal of fun songs, music games and performances of our latest repertoire.
A highlight of the afternoon was our rendition of Distant Peak a new song written specifically for the choir by one of our members, Jacob. It was the song’s first public performance and we were all very pleased (and relieved) that we did it justice.
“Kaleidoscope Choir showed that they are a true community choir yesterday when they shared their rehearsal with patients with their families and carers at Cavendish Hospital. It was a rewarding experience for the choir to get such an enthusiastic response from their audience which resulted in simultaneous applause in return!” Choir leader, Carol Bowns
The final song of the afternoon was a version of Love Me Tender which brought tears to the eyes of many of the audience and performers. The choir felt very proud to be invited to perform for this special audience and we really enjoyed meeting the patients, many of whom are suffering with dementia and other mental health issues.
“It was lovely to sing to and with the residents at the Cavendish Hospital and I found singing Love Me Tender quite emotional in that context! I enjoy the range of music we cover at choir and the informality and fun of it all.” Choir member
“It gave me great pleasure to be part of our choir yesterday and it was good to give so much enjoyment to the patients and their families. I have been a member of the Kaleidoscope choir since the beginning. The enthusiasm shown by Carole and the camaraderie throughout the choir makes Tuesday rehearsals a day to look forward to!” Choir member
“I really enjoy singing in the Kaleidoscope Choir – I am always in a good mood after our noise making sessions – something to do with endorphins I’m told. I have no delusion that I am a great singer, I just enjoy singing with a lovely group of local folks.” Choir member
Kaleidoscope Choir is run by Buxton Festival in partnership with Buxton Opera House. We rehearse every Tuesday lunchtime in the Dress Circle Bar at Buxton Opera House. The choir is made up of about 35 local amateur singers – new members are always welcome. We perform regularly at Buxton events including the Spring Fair, Christmas Lights Switch On and Festival Fringe.
Claire Barlow Outreach Manager