SingFest! Celebrating Older People’s Day


The group singing Jerusalem, accompanied by Sally Mears on piano

Today is the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, and to coincide with this it is UK Older People’s Day. This initiative is in its third year and the theme this year is Full of Life. It is a day to celebrate the achievements and aspirations of older people, and their contribution to society . To mark this, together with Sally Mears, I organised a day of singing at the Abingdon Resource and Wellbeing Centre. Groups came from Witney, Abingdon and Dean Court, joining the service users of the day centre.

We sang songs from all over the world including Bella Mamma from the Torres Islands, Viva Viva La Musica from Italy, Mozart’s Alleluia, and an arrangement of Mozart’s most popular tunes ‘A La Kart’. Other favourites including Doe a Deer from ‘The Sound of Music’, and Jerusalem.

A highlight for me was when a participant went and sat down at the piano during the break and played some wonderful classical music. She received a standing ovation!

There were many positive comments throughout the day and everyone left smiling with a sense of achievement. One person said how much she enjoyed listening to the harmonies in the singing, and another said he felt ‘buoyant’ after singing.

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