The St John’s Hospice Choir has announced that it raised over £3,900 for St John’s Hospice last year. The 40 strong choir, made up of men and women who support, volunteer or work at the hospice, raised the money at two concerts during 2016.
Formed in October 2013 by St John’s Hospice Finance Officer Joanna Jeffreys, she is delighted at how far the choir has come, “we started with about 10 members and it has gone from strength to strength and now has around 45 regular members. We sing a wide variety of music such as The Rhythm of Life, You Raise me up and John Lennon’s Imagine. Their newest set of music includes a Queen medley and some up to date pop music. As well as the fact that singing makes you feel good physically, learning to sing has great mental benefits too. It’s a great way to unwind after a busy day’s work. The fact that we can do what we enjoy and raise money for a cause which is close to all our hearts, is fantastic.”
One of the members of the choir is Alison Isherwood. Alison is an active volunteer at the hospice and facilitates the hospice user forum, the VOICE group (Valued Opinions to Improve Care Excellence). She loves being part of the choir and says it is something she has wanted to do for a long time. “Since being at primary school I’ve always loved singing and first saw the choir at the hospice Christmas Fair 2 years ago. After a conversation with two friends who were already members, I decided to join and give it a go. Straight away I was made to feel very at home, I found that I already knew a few more members and very importantly, most of the music we were singing. I’ve made new friends as the choir has grown, met the challenges of learning new music, enjoyed the laughter and camaraderie, as well the pleasure we have in performing. It is an honour being an ambassador for St John’s through our concerts.”
Have you always wanted to join a choir? The St John’s Hospice Choir are always looking for new members to join the growing family! All levels of ability and experience are welcome. Contact Joanna Jeffreys at [email protected] if you are interested.
Here are a couple of clips of the choir’s rehearsal, filmed at St John’s in January 2017.
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