Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort choir entertain at Chestnut Court
Members of the Baroque Choir, Armonico Consort, led by TV presenter, wine expert and singer Oz Clarke, sang for us on 8 September.
It was part of a fundraising bike tour challenge to raise money for Memory Singers choirs who perform for people living with dementia, and our own choir joined in with an encore of “She’ll be coming round the mountain.”
The Chestnut Court team was joined by residents from other local OSJCT homes to join in with singing, clapping and playing percussion instruments.
Ruth Jeffries, Activities Co-ordinator at Chestnut Court, said: “We were honoured and proud to be chosen to receive a concert from Oz Clarke and Armonico Consort. They sounded fabulous! Music plays a special role in sparking memories and providing connection, especially for those living with dementia. Our residents loved the performance and singing along. Thank you to everyone involved.”
Resident Ron said: “It was wonderful! Such a surprise, and such a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Weren’t they good? They played lots of old favourites and the singing was beautiful.”
The concert was part of Armonico Consort’s cycle challenge; 200 miles and climbing 10,000ft, from Armonico’s base in Warwick, via the ‘Three Choirs’ of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester, finishing at Wells Cathedral in Somerset.
Their aim is to raise £20,000 to set up more Memory Singers choirs for people living with dementia and their carers.