Surrey Chamber Choir grants wishes of Anchor care home residents
On Tuesday 13 November, two residents from Anchor’s Abbeywood care home in Ash Vale had their long-term wishes granted by visiting Guildford Cathedral and listening to a lunchtime performance by the University of Surrey Chamber Choir.
As part of Anchor’s #nevertooold campaign, which promotes positive aging, residents make wishes for outings or experiences personal to them. Frank, who has lived at Abbeywood for four years and whose wife Rosemary used to lead Guildford’s Symphony Orchestra, wished to hear live classical music again. Pat, who sung for many years in a local choir, still responds positively to choral music despite suffering from advanced dementia.
With Frank, Pat and their carers with front row seats, Dr Maureen Galea, Associate Lecturer in Music and Sarah Denton, a final year postgraduate conducting student from the Music and Media Department, led a sparkling and varied programme of choral music from the 16th Century to the present day, concluding with Karl Jenkins’ ‘Exultate, Jubilate’.
Dr Galea comments: “It was wonderful not only to give our students the opportunity to perform in such a stunning space, but also to know we were really making a difference to audience members.”
Anchor is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people. Abbeywood specialises in caring for residents with dementia and physical disabilities.
The University Chamber Choir is open to all students via audition and their recent repertoire includes work from Purcell to Parry, to new music by student composers. They perform at a wide range of events throughout the year, both on and off campus, including the highly regarded University Carol Service at Guildford Cathedral, which takes place this year on Wednesday 5 December at 6:00pm.
Further events this semester are on the University’s events page - www.surrey.ac.uk/events