Outlook Issue 25 Spring 2018
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Woodbridge Care Homes Combined Choir
Photograph by Luke Tricker, Seckford Foundation Seckford is the leading partner of the Woodbridge Care Homes Combined Choir, open to residents, relatives, friends and staff of Grove Court, Highlands, Seckford Almshouses and Jubilee House. We applied to Comic Relief for grant-funding and out of nearly a hundred applications for funding to promote access to arts, physical, creative or musical activities, ours was one of the eleven successful projects to be funded. We are delighted and very excited about this project, which will be the first to unite the different care homes in Woodbridge in this way! The other wonderful part is that it will be a shared project between those living in the care homes, their families and friends, as well as volunteers and staff – a chance to share in an activity together. Singing is known to enhance a sense of wellbeing; it is good for breathing, posture and voice, as well as for the mind, heart and soul! Group singing, as in a choir, is a sociable, fun experience offering the opportunity to work together with the shared goal of learning pieces, hearing lovely music, as well as giving joy by performing for others. Megan Peel will be our choir leader. She is an experienced performer, choir director and workshop leader. She is also a co-founder of the Rural Music Initiative, whose mission is to offer high quality tuition and performance opportunities to children, especially in East Anglia’s rural communities. We had our first combined rehearsal today, with over 30 people present. We learnt two new songs and managed a four-part round of the Tallis Canon, first tried out at the taster sessions! All great fun! Sarah Kopferschmitt Head of Care, Seckford Almshouses