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Earl Mountbatten Community Choir

Earl Mountbatten Community Choir launched in January 2017 and is led by the hospice’s music therapist, Fraser Simpson, who joins our team us through a partnership with the national music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

The choir meets each Wednesday evening, 6.30-8.15 pm in the John Cheverton Centre. Membership is comprised of patients, staff, relatives and volunteers – anyone with (or without) a connection to the hospice is welcome to join us. We are a non-auditioning choir and the ability to read music is not needed, all that is required is the desire to sing! 

Our confidence is developing by the week and we enjoy singing a wonderful range of uplifting songs from modern pop classics to traditional songs and chants from around the world. We have a large membership of around 70 people and new members are welcome to join us at any time.

The choir is based on the premise that everyone can sing and that singing is good for us. We aim to be inclusive and to have fun, first and foremost.

There are many health benefits to singing. It is a great form of aerobic exercise promoting deeper breathing. Singing releases endorphins, reduces stress and increases confidence, self-esteem and positivity. It is also a great social activity and helps to build community.

We believe that music is something to be shared and we enjoy opportunities to sing to to others. During 2017 we sang at several events at the hospice including our own informal evenings with family and friends. We also sang at hospice fundraising events including Barton Manor Open Gardens in July and Shanklin Chine in September.

We look forward to seeing you – at one of our performances, or amongst our numbers! We’ll be presenting an informal evening of festive Christmas music on Wednesday 20 December at 7.00 pm.

Please contact Fraser Simpson for further information about singing in the choir, or just turn up and join us on a Wednesday evening.

Email: fraser.simpson@iwhospice.org. Tel: 07834 322316.

Earl Mountbatten Community Choir

"It's another world...it's kept me in this world!"

 

Maureen, Patient