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Stockport Care Home Teams Up With Royal Northern College of Music to Launch Choir

Published: Wednesday 13th November 2019

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A Stockport care home has joined forces with the Royal Northern College of Music to launch a choir for its residents and have already set their sights on auditioning for the next round of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. 

Brinnington Hall on Middlesex Road has brought staff, residents and their families together to create The SoundUp Brinny-Tones choir, which will be directed with the expert guidance of Lucy Temby, junior fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music and creative producer at SoundUp Arts. 

The group’s 26 members rehearse every Friday and have already done their first public concert at the Chetham’s School of Music festival.  They will next perform at a Christmas concert at the Royal Northern College of Music on the 8th December before getting ready for the Britain’s Got Talent auditions in early 2020. 

The set list for the first performance includes ‘My Favourite Things’ from The Sound of Music, with some additional verses penned by residents about their own treasured items and hobbies, as well as an original song about life at Brinnington Hall written by Lucy Temby. 

Christina Durnan, Home Manager at Brinnington Hall, said:“Music is a fantastic way for our residents to reminisce, bringing back lovely memories from years gone by. The residents were really keen to set up their own choir and were absolutely thrilled to hear that Lucy wanted to get involved and coach them. She is well established in the region for her work with music, and has also worked with people living with dementia before, so she is perfectly placed to make our dreams of a successful choir a reality. We cannot wait for our first performance and we have high hopes for the future of The SoundUp Brinny-Tones.”

Brinnington Hall resident, Ken Calvert, added: “I think the choir is a fantastic idea, as most of us love to sing. We have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of a new project together and its nice to see all the staff and relatives taking part too and really enjoying themselves. Music is the best medicine - no matter how you are feeling it can always brighten your day!”

Lucy Temby, creative producer at SoundUp Arts, said: “I founded SoundUp Arts in 2018 with the mission of providing engaging, interactive and joyful music making experiences for people living with dementia. Having trained as a music facilitator for people with dementia, I know how powerful music can be, from reducing anxiety and stress to improving cognitive and motor skills and unlocking precious memories. I was thrilled when Christina approached me about the Brinnington Hall choir and we’ve already made some great progress. I’ve grown very fond of the members and each session is a delightful reminder that a little music goes a long way.”

To contact Brinnington Hall pease call 0161 406 3040 or email brinnington.hall@idealcarehomes.co.uk