Singers Strike a Chord with Care Home Residents

The West Moors Singers’ performance at Brook View care home struck a chord with residents, especially Sylvia Foster.

Sylvia, the newest resident at the Colten Care home in Riverside Road, West Moors, was a talented young dancer in the famous Terry’s Juveniles dance troupe.

Terry’s Juveniles toured the country from the 1920s-1960s, performing in shows and pantomimes alongside the big stars of the day, including George Formby.

Sylvia said: “Hearing the West Moors Singers sing was wonderful, especially their renditions of the old show tunes, as they really took me back to my time in the theatre as a girl.”

Sadly, Sylvia had to give up her dreams of becoming a professional dancer due to health problems, but she later danced with her husband four times a week.

She and the other residents of Brook View sang along as the West Moors Singers performed from their large repertoire of show tunes, classical and popular songs.

The choir, which has been in existence for over 40 years, sang songs by Lennon and McCartney and from musicals such as Show Boat.

Residents and staff also joined the choir in a rendition of Sing by the Carpenters, as part of their involvement in the NAPA Challenge.

The NAPA challenge, organised by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), encouraged care homes across the country to take part in an intergenerational Sing a Song event at 3pm on Red Nose Day.

All participating homes are also singing again in April, May and June.

Brook View residents will sing at a special tea at St. Mary’s Church, West Moors on 11th May and again at the home’s annual barbeque on 24th June.

 

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