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Lymington care home choir strikes a chord on BBC Music Day

Lymington care home choir strikes a chord on BBC Music Day

An inspirational concert from the Linden Voices Choir, making a stand against dementia in the New Forest with Lymington Infant School

Residents of the Colten Care dedicated dementia community Linden House in Lymington have formed a choir called Linden Voices. The choir was joined by young singers from Lymington Infants School for a concert to mark BBC Music Day (September 26).A care home choir, which is using song to make a stand against dementia, staged an inspirational concert with local schoolchildren to mark BBC Music Day on 26 September 2019. The Linden Voices Choir was formed earlier this year following the screening of the BBC documentary Dementia Choir.

Inspired by how the programme highlighted music's power in the fight against dementia, staff and residents of the Colten Care dedicated dementia community Linden House in Lymington decided to get together for their own afternoon of song. The event was such a success that the choir was born.

Residents of the Colten Care dedicated dementia community Linden House in Lymington have formed a choir called Linden Voices. The choir was joined by young singers from Lymington Infants School for a concert to mark BBC Music Day (September 26).BBC Music Day is a UK-wide annual celebration of the power of music to change lives and features over 1000 musical events around the UK.

To mark the day the choir invited children from Lymington Infant School’s Robins Choir, members of the community and residents from all of Colten Care’s New Forest homes to sing with them in the spectacular new roof terrace room at Linden House.

Residents of the Colten Care dedicated dementia community Linden House in Lymington have formed a choir called Linden Voices. The choir was joined by young singers from Lymington Infants School for a concert to mark BBC Music Day (September 26).Fiona Pritchard, Colten Care’s Music and Arts Partner and leader of the Linden Voices said: “The success of the choir speaks, or rather sings, for itself. We all know there is something very uplifting about singing alongside others, but the engagement singing brings, along with the sheer fun it, creates also has the potential to have a long-term benefits for the wellbeing of our residents.”

Residents of the Colten Care dedicated dementia community Linden House in Lymington have formed a choir called Linden Voices. The choir was joined by young singers from Lymington Infants School for a concert to mark BBC Music Day (September 26).She continued: “The structure of a rehearsal, the repetition of familiar and new songs learned over several weeks and the opportunity to participate in an informal or formal performance, not only improves concentration and focus, it also increases socialisation, builds relationships and creates feelings of inclusion and validation.”

The Linden Voices Choir now meets every week and is also performing regularly at community events.

Fiona added: “We sang at the recent St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery 'Inspire' Open Weekend in Lymington, which took place on 15-16 September and will also perform at the Open Day Festival at Lymington Community Centre on 5 October.

Colten Care and Lymington Infant School join forces for Linden Voices Choir“The event for BBC Music Day was simply magical. The residents and children had practised two songs in advance, 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and The Beatles’ 'I Get by With a Little Help from My Friends'. They sat side by side - and in some cases held hands - while they sang them together. To see everyone singing with such gusto and joy was a very emotional experience for everyone.”

Linden House resident and choir member Helen Davison said: “I can’t remember feeling so moved by hearing children sing as I did today. They were wonderful and this experience will stay with me for a long time.”

One of the schoolchildren agreed: “It was exciting - really fun!”


The Linden Voices Choir is just one of many life-enriching activities that Colten Care residents have the opportunity to enjoy. Every day, in each home, there are meaningful and exciting activities - including a number that are also open to non-residents who many be feeling lonely in their community. 

Every Wednesday is Come Dine with Us at Belmore Lodge - come and join the residents for a sociable lunch (booking essential!). Ladies, on the first Wednesday of each month join the residents at Court Lodge for Ladies' Afternoon Tea and gentlemen, on two Tuesdays a month come along to the Gentlemen's Lunch Club, also at Court Lodge.

Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

Colten Care's Avon Reach    Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Linden House Lymington 

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton    Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst

 

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