Phil Self, who runs a number of Canterbury Cantata Trust community singing groups, including Monday Music in Canterbury, has just produced the first in a number of projects designed to ensure we remain connected with our 'Singing for Health' and 'Sing to Beat Parkinson's' friends across East Kent and Medway during this difficult time.
The Isolation Choir sing their first song ever - the traditional song 'Wild Mountain Thyme'. 54 singers and 7 instrumentalists playing 9 different instruments. Many of these singers come from singing groups across East Kent and Medway who sing for their health and well-being as well as the enjoyment they get out if it. This includes people living with Parkinson's and other neurological conditions. Please see the links below for information on more of these groups.
To view the video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOlSklHoL7g&feature=youtu.be
For more information about the Isolation Choir, find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theisolationchoir
This video also feature contributions from many professional musicians - please support as many of them as you can during these unprecedented times. Please donate to The Isolation Choir - Caring Through Singing project here: https://www.paypal.me/theisolationchoir
The Isolation Choir - Caring Through Singing is lovingly supported by these wonderful organisations:
CANTERBURY CANTATA TRUST http://www.canterburycantatatrust.org.uk
SING TO BEAT http://www.singtobeat.co.uk/
LIVING LIVELY https://www.livinglively.org.uk/
MUSIC 4 WELLBEING http://www.music4wellbeing.org.uk/
I am sure that many of you are desperate to return to singing, whilst others may feel apprehensive while the outlook is still so uncertain. We all miss the communal harmony that our sessions represent but we must, for the moment, remain cautious. The board of trustees met recently and are in agreement that the current situation demands that we are unable to confirm that singing groups will recommence meeting face-to-face from September at present as we must bear in mind the demographic of our groups, the wellbeing of our facilitators and potential decreasing immunity in our members in the early autumn.
We will send an update as soon as we can.
Meanwhile, it would be most helpful to us to have an idea of how many of you are planning to return to your groups when we do recommence, so please could you advise your relevant contact as to whether you plan to return to your singing group as follows:
CANTERBURY CANTATA CHOIR
With thanks for your continued support and co-operation and wishing you all well,
Chair, Canterbury Cantata Trust
Registered Charity Number 1163197 | www.canterburycantatatrust.org.uk