Bringing sunshine to residents

A group of volunteers from St Albans Choral Society brought sunshine on a wintry evening to residents of Davis Court retirement flats on 3 February with a performance of readings and popular songs as part of a community outreach programme.

“It’s a lovely idea,” said Joyce, a resident in her 90s. “There are so many songs which local choirs used to sing, and which I used to sing, that aren’t performed these days, and it’s a good thing to do them.”

The songs included When You’re Smiling, the Morecambe & Wise hit Bring Me Sunshine and Pack Up Your Troubles, and residents enthusiastically joined in. The readings included If music be the food of love from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Afterwards, members of the choir chatted with residents over tea and cake. “Everybody I’ve spoken to has been very happy,” said Peter Lloyd, site manager. “They’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you come again.” Sylvia, a resident, added: “I loved it. It’s nice to join in the old songs, and the readings were good too.”

The group plans more performances, after singing at local retirement and care homes including Grace Muriel House, The Orchard, and Fosse House.