The dementia and elderly choirs at Age Concern Southend performed songs inspired by former kings and queens as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations this week.

They had spent months rehearsing for the community showcase at Haven Community Hub and performed 15 songs including: We Will Rock You, Congratulations and Return to Sender and were accompanied by local musician’s Val, Flavia and Martin. 

Elizabeth Smith, community engagement manager said: “It was amazing to see this project come together. Both choirs have worked so hard. There were many comments from friends, family and the community about how lovely it was to watch, especially seeing our dementia clients up there enjoying themselves.”
Age Concern Southend worked with local musician Val, of Musicality Therapeutic Music Interventions C.I.C, to create an elderly person’s choir and a choir from the dementia day centre clients.

The concert on June 29, which was part of project funded by Arts Council England, also had a performance from Hub regular, Graham who played Blue Spanish Eyes on the keyboard. The choir also surprised the audience by learning sign language to Singing in the Rain.
Souvenir CDs were available to purchase on the night for a donation, raising over £100 for Age Concern Southend.
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