The Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) Hospital Choir, which is made up of staff, service users and carers, has not let a global pandemic get in the way of their rehearsals – and are now holding virtual sessions via a video conferencing platform, which started on Tuesday 28 April.
The choir normally meets at St Pancras Hospital in Camden every Tuesday evening but due to the Government lockdown rulings, the choir sessions had to stop.
Julie Harrington, choir organiser, said: “Our first virtual choir session was a great success and it was lovely to see everyone’s faces again – with some members even bringing their pets on screen!
“For many of our choir members, our Tuesday night sessions are a chance to socialise and have fun so we knew we needed to come up with an alternative, as we don’t know how long this current situation could continue. Singing is a great wellbeing boost and a welcome distraction when self-isolating”.
The choir, which is supported by music and mental health charity, Key Changes, formed three and a half years ago and has performed at many key hospital events as well as at St Pancras International over the Christmas period.
Myra Whiskar, choir member and C&I Apprenticeship and Training Lead, said: “It was great fun to see, hear and connect with everyone and a welcome relief from the necessary isolation for workers alone at home like myself. The technology really worked and the singing was a great release - our pets enjoyed it too I think! Well done to everyone who made this happen”.
Around 30 core members attend rehearsal sessions each week and the choir are always on the lookout for more people to join. If you’re interested in singing with the choir, please email: email@example.com.
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